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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.

Percentage of Persons Who Reported Having Their Cholesterol Checked Within the Past Five Years by Race, Utah, 2009 and 2011 Combined

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Utah's rate of cholesterol screening was low among all race groups. However, the rate of screening among persons who reported their race as "other" (57.4%) was significantly lower rate than the state rate (68.8%). According to the Utah Office of Health Disparities, Hispanic persons who may be White often report their race as "other." As the U.S. government considers Hispanic to be an ethnicity rather than a race, a separate data table and chart compares cholesterol screening among non-Hispanic and Hispanic Utahns.

Data Notes

Beginning 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:   This graph is based on the new methodology. Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Sources

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.

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Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who have had their cholesterol checked within 5 years.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of BRFSS survey respondents aged 18 years and older who have had their cholesterol checked within the past 5 years.
Denominator: Number of surveyed adults aged 18 years and older.

Page Content Updated On 07/25/2013, Published on 07/25/2013
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:21 MST