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Guidelines Increase Number Of Children, Adolescents Recommended For Cholesterol Screening

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Cholesterol Screening

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The Cholestech LDX System measures cholesterol, glucose and liver enzymes, and high sensivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) with certified lab accuracy in minutes.

One-third to nearly one-half of all children and adolescents should be tested for cholesterol levels, according to new guidelines recently published by The American Heart Association in Circulation. According to the AHA, the physicians who care for these at-risk youth face an unexpected obstacle -- their parents. The AHA finds "low levels of parental compliance with both cholesterol screening and intervention." In response, a growing number of pediatricians are utilizing lab-accurate testing equipment that allows them to conduct the screenings in their office.

Donna Miller, MD, a Bennington, VT-based pediatrician uses the Cholestech Corporation (Nasdaq: CTEC) LDX(R) cholesterol screening device in her private practice. "Point of care testing is a wake-up call for