What do I tell my doctor about cholesterol and my medical history?

Talking About Your Medical History Always tell your doctor about:

  • any conditions you have, even if you think they aren't related to high cholesterol or heart disease
  • your risk factors
  • all the prescription and over-the-counter medicines, supplements, or other remedies you take
  • your lifestyle habits, such as what sort of foods you eat, how much you exercise, and whether you smoke

Your doctor needs to know about any health conditions that may affect your blood cholesterol screening test. Also, your personal medical history can help your doctor determine the reasons for your high blood cholesterol, as well as your risk for heart disease. Your history also helps your doctor choose the best treatment if you have high blood cholesterol.

These conditions may affect your screening test, so tell your doctor whether any apply to you:

  • pregnancy
  • recent change in diet
  • recent illness or injury
  • recent surgery
  • recent weight loss

Many other factors can play a role in your cholesterol level and disease risk, too. Be as thorough as possible when you tell your doctor about your personal medical history. Make sure you give complete and accurate information about any conditions you've had and any medicines you take.


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