Indicator Report - Blood Cholesterol Screening
Why Is This Important?High blood cholesterol is a leading risk factor in the development of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease (CHD). The risks associated with high blood cholesterol can be reduced by screening and early treatment, which includes medication and lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes could include eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, engaging in moderate to vigorous exercise on a regular basis, and reducing excess weight.
Because high blood cholesterol does not produce obvious symptoms, experts recommend that all adults aged 20 years and older have their cholesterol levels checked at least once every 5 years to help them take action to prevent or lower their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Data NotesBeginning in 2011, BRFSS data include both landline and cell phone respondent data along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting, or raking. This methodology utilizes additional demographic information (such as education, race, and marital status) in the weighting procedure. Both of these methodology changes were implemented to account for an increased number of U.S. households without landline phones and an under-representation of certain demographic groups that were not well-represented in the sample. More details about these changes can be found at: http://health.utah.gov/opha/publications/brfss/Raking/Raking%20impact%202011.pdf. This graph is based on the new methodology. Rates are age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.
Data SourcesUtah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.
DefinitionPercentage of adults aged 18 years and older who have had their cholesterol checked within 5 years.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 07/25/2013, Published on 07/25/2013