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Lipid Disorders in Adults (Cholesterol, Dyslipidemia): Screening

Release Date: June 2008

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Recommendation Summary

Summary of Recommendations - Screening Men

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Men 35 and Older

The USPSTF strongly recommends screening men aged 35 and older for lipid disorders. 

The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is substantial.
Men 20-35 at Increased Risk for CHD

The USPSTF recommends screening men aged 20-35 for lipid disorders if they are at increased risk for coronary heart disease. 

The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.

Summary of Recommendations - Screening Women at Increased Risk

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Women 45 and Older at Increased Risk for CHD

The USPSTF strongly recommends screening women aged 45 and older for lipid disorders if they are at increased risk for coronary heart disease. 

The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is substantial.
Women 20-45 at Increased Risk for CHD

The USPSTF recommends screening women aged 20-45 for lipid disorders if they are at increased risk for coronary heart disease. 

The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.

Go to the Clinical Considerations section for a discussion of "increased risk."

Summary of Recommendations - Screening Young Men and All Women NOT at Increased Risk

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Men 20-35, Women Not at Increased Risk

The USPSTF makes no recommendation for or against routine screening for lipid disorders in men aged 20 to 35, or in women aged 20 and older who are not at increased risk for coronary heart disease. 

The USPSTF recommends against routinely providing the service. There may be considerations that support providing the service in an individual patient. There is at least moderate certainty that the net benefit is small.

Go to the Clinical Considerations section for a discussion of "increased risk."

Related Information for Health Professionals

There is no related information for health professionals.

Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

There is no Clinical Summary for this recommendation.

 
Current as of: September 2013

Internet Citation: Recommendation Summary. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2014.
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Topic/recommendation-summary/lipid-disorders-in-adults-cholesterol-dyslipidemia-screening

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