Screening for high blood cholesterol, a leading risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis, has increased both nationwide and in Texas.
Nationally between 2005 and 2009, cholesterol screening increased from 72.7 percent to 76 percent, according to data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. In Texas, the number of screenings increased by 6.6 percent.
With this increase came a surge in the number of diagnosed cases of high cholesterol, from 33.2 percent to 35 percent nationwide. Texas showed a 21.2 percent increase—the second highest increase in diagnoses behind Arizona, at 22.2 percent.