Kim's Tip: Keeping Cholesterol Levels in Check
The American Heart Association recommends that all adults age 20 or older have their cholesterol checked every four to six years. Your healthcare provider will determine if you need more frequent checks based on your risk for cardiovascular disease or previous cholesterol results. Knowing risk is important, especially considering that Heart disease is still the leading cause of Death in the US.
University Hospital has a specific department devoted to heart attack prevention, the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center. They have free classes to help assess your risk and determine if you need more advanced screening.
So how can we help you track your cholesterol? University Hospital uses
which gives patients personalized and secure online access to portions of their medical records. It enables you to securely use the internet to help manage and receive information about your health and lab results.
So with MyChart, you can see your cholesterol levels and past levels. You can use an app for your phone or a website on the computer. You can also track health behaviors and communicate those with your doctor's office.
Using MyChart; you can record exercise, weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar, that data is securely sent to your medical record for review.
If you want to use MyChart to track these health behaviors, they do have to be ordered by your physician... But it is a nice way to communicate securely with your medical team.