Dr. Saks tells women what test they should ask their doctors for if they are concerned about their cholesterol.
A basic lipid profile contains all of the different types of cholesterol. We need to know the total cholesterol: the bad cholesterol which blocks up in the heart arteries which is called the LDL, the good cholesterol or the HDL, which helps lower your risk of heart disease, and the triglycerides which are the fats in the blood. That’s a complete lipid profile or cholesterol profile. It’s not enough just to know the total cholesterol number, and this test is best performed if you don’t eat or drink starting from midnight the night before, so about an 8 to 12 hour fast gives the most accurate information.
About Dr. Saks, D.O.:
Dr. Shani S. Saks joined the Arizona Heart Institute in September 2005, following a three-year invasive cardiology fellowship at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Saks completed her undergraduate and Master of Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she graduated Cum Laude. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Saks continued her medical education by completing an internal medicine residency at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, where she served as Chief Medicine Resident. Dr. Saks is a Certified Internist by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. Due to significant and premature heart disease in her own family, Dr. Saks has a strong commitment to patient education, reducing risk of heart disease, preventative medicine and women’s health. Dr. Saks provides services at the Arizona Heart Institute location in central Phoenix.
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