Question of the Week

For March 3, 2015

A 42-year-old woman presents for routine follow-up. She takes no medications, does not smoke, and has no known family history of hyperlipidemia. She has a BMI of 28.8, a blood pressure of 129/83 mm Hg, and a heart rate of 88 beats per minute. Her physical examination is otherwise normal.

In her records, a lipid panel from 2 years ago shows the following results:

Patient value

Total cholesterol (mg/dL)

237

LDL cholesterol (mg/dL)

157

HDL cholesterol (mg/dL)

54

Triglycerides (mg/dL)

130

When should this patient’s lipid levels be remeasured?

When she develops a cardiovascular risk factor
When she becomes postmenopausal
Now
In 2 years
When she reaches age 50