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Do you know your cholesterol level?

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zebra · 02/01/2004 10:52

Since my mom died last year from circulatory failure it has nagged at me maybe I should find out my cholesterol levels (other history of heart disease in the family, although only among smokers). Do you know your blood cholesterol level? I know my GP will be completely unsupportive if I say I'd like to know. Maybe it's not that indicative, anyway? I'm 36 yo, btw.

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Northerner · 02/01/2004 10:54

Hi Zebra. I'm pretty sure that some pharmacists offer a cholesterol check nowadays. Pop into your local Boots.

zebra · 02/01/2004 11:25

No money to pay for it!

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Hulababy · 02/01/2004 11:30

DH's mum suffers with high cholestral and, because of that, but Dh adnd his brother - int heir 20s att he time - had theirs tested as well as their mum suggested they should in case it was genetic. Niether doctor objected and did them for them, no charge at all. Neither had problems.

Can you go to a well woman clinic? Some doctor's surgeries have them. They may be able to do one for you.

ghengis · 02/01/2004 11:32

Zebra, my Dad died of a heart attack at 53 and my GP suggested I get mine checked (free) in case we needed to do something about it. If there is a history of heart problems it would be prudent of your GP to check it out. You have nothing to lose by asking. Mine was low, btw!

zebra · 02/01/2004 12:20

I think I have the world's most unsympathetic GP, honestly! And getting appointments there is awkward.... But if we sell house I'll have to re-register, anyway, so perhaps can broach with the new GP when I go in to meet her/him, anyway, presuming the house sells sometime this year (SIGH). Stress of trying to sell house is going to shorten my life more than cholesterol ever will!

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