What are the USPSTF recommendations for lipid screening?

Updated: Jul 07, 2021
  • Author: Blake Morris, MD; Chief Editor: Eric B Staros, MD  more...
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The USPSTF recommends lipid screening in both men and women who are at increased risk for coronary heart disease, men aged 35 years and older, or women aged 45 years and older. [16] AHRQ has similar recommendations to start routine screening at age 35 years or in those patients who have heart disease risk factors and aged 20-35 years. [17] Currently, no guidelines support routine screening of lipids in young adults aged 20-35 years without risks of coronary heart disease. Likewise, supporting evidence of routine lipid screening in children is lacking, and, therefore, no recommendation exists. The NCEP Report of the Expert Panel on Blood Cholesterol levels in Children and Adolescents recommends screening lipid panels as routine health care in children of families in which premature heart disease is evident or familial dyslipidemias are established. [18]


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