The Trumbull Monroe Health District (TMHD) will be holding three low-cost cholesterol screenings during February and March. Fasting is required. The cost for the screening is $25; cash and check are accepted. Appointments are required. Screenings are scheduled for:

• Thursday, Feb. 20, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

• Friday, Feb. 21, from 8 to 10 a.m.

• Thursday, March 20, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

“Taking responsibility for your cholesterol is the best way to help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Patrice Sulik, TMHD director of health. “This simple blood test offered at TMHD will provide you with your cholesterol levels within minutes. Our public health nurse will review the results and provide steps that you can take to prevent, or reduce, high cholesterol levels during the same appointment.”

The lipid profile screening offered includes total, LDL and HDL cholesterol levels, blood sugar and triglyceride levels. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made in the liver and are found in certain foods, such as meat and dairy products. Cholesterol is needed for your body to function properly. When too much is present, plaque, or fatty substance, can build up on the walls of your arteries, causing severe health problems such as heart disease and stroke. There are no noticeable symptoms of high cholesterol. Many people have never had their cholesterol checked so they don’t know that they are at risk. It is recommended that cholesterol levels should be checked at least once every five years for everyone over the age of 20.

You should consider having your cholesterol checked if you:

• Are a male, 45 years or older.

• Are a female, 55 years or older.

• Have a family history of early heart disease.

• Have a history of hypertension.

• Have a history of low HDL cholesterol (<40 mg/dl)

• Smoke or chew tobacco.

For more information call 203-452-5195 or visit tmhd.org.