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25 is the new 40?: Research shows benefits of earlier cholesterol screening
A recent study in the British medical journal, The Lancet, provides important new information about detecting high cholesterol in younger people, and could even change the thinking about the age at which a person’s cholesterol levels should first be measured, says a cardiovascular researcher at Providence Health Care.
“Current Canadian guidelines tell us we should screen for high cholesterol starting at age 40,” says Dr. Liam Brunham, a physician in the St. Paul’s Hospital Healthy Heart Program Prevention clinic and principal investigator at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation. “But these results suggest we should start screening much earlier than that so we can then start treating high cholesterol earlier in a person’s life.”