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The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Provides Cholesterol Screening at Texas State Capitol Health Fair

Posted: Feb. 10, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — Students, faculty and alumni from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing performed cholesterol screening for Texas legislators, Legislative Council members and staff at a Feb. 16 State Capitol health fair.

The event, sponsored by the Employees Retirement System of Texas, was held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda. Other screenings such as blood pressure, vision and hearing and blood glucose tests, was conducted by local health care providers.

Cholesterol screening is important because high cholesterol is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease. Without screening, most people would never know their levels are too high because they do not have any specific symptoms.

High cholesterol levels are many times due to diet and lifestyle. If high cholesterol is indicated by the screening, nursing graduate students or faculty will recommend ways to lower levels and recommend a follow-up appointment with a primary care health provider.