Indicator Report - Blood Cholesterol Screening
Why Is This Important?High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. It can be preventable. If identified early, it can be controlled with 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.
Percentage of Persons Who Reported Having Their Cholesterol Checked Within the Past Five Years by Race, Utah, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009
Data NotesFor combined years 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009, the proportion of reported cholesterol screening in the past 5 years was highest among Pacific Islander adults (74.2%) and whites (69.5%). Only the Other category was significantly different from the state rate (56.3%). Data are age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population using 3 age groups for standardization.
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 11/30/2010, Published on 08/22/2012