Q. If a family member has high cholesterol does that mean I'm going to have it as well?

A. "Not necessarily. Your chances are higher [than others'] but it's not a guarantee. It's important to inform your health care provider that you have a family member who has high cholesterol or has had a heart attack at a relatively young age (under 65, if female; under 55, if male). Your doctor may advise having your cholesterol screened more regularly." Note: According to the American Heart Association, everyone age 20 and older should have their cholesterol measured every 5 years. You may need to have it checked more often if you have risk factors for heart disease. Such factors include diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure or a family history.


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