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Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in all body cells. Our liver produces cholesterol and we get it from the foods we eat. Our bodies need cholesterol for digestion, to make hormones (and some vitamins), for building cell walls, and performing other important functions.

Cholesterol is carried in "packages" coated with protein. These are called lipoproteins and there are two main types; LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) which is deposited on artery walls causing plaque build-up and HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) which is helpful in carrying excess cholesterol out of the body. Triglycerides also play a part in hardening and blocking the arteries. Triglycerides are fatty molecules formed in the liver and fat tissues that travel with cholesterol.

In some individuals an elevated blood level of cholesterol constitutes an increase risk of developing coronary heart disease. Consider having your cholesterol levels checked annual.

Cholesterol screenings are done on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. The charge for the testing is $28.00. The person requesting the screening must fast for at least 12 hours prior to the test. Results are given in 10 minutes. PLEASE CALL AS PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. 

Please call (618)244-7134 to schedule your Cholesterol screening.

To find out more about cholesterol click on one of the subject below.

What is your cholesterol I.Q.?

What is cholesterol, and how does it affect me?

What do my cholesterol results mean?

What to do about cholesterol?