ADULT HEART HEALTH
Blood Pressure - Cholesterol - Glucose
La Crosse County Public Health Nursing
Health & Human Services Building – 2nd Floor
300 4th Street North – La Crosse, WI 54601
By appointment: 608-785-9723
What heart health screening services does the health department
can check your blood pressure and test your blood levels of cholesterol
and glucose. Glucose, or blood sugar, is a screening test for diabetes.
Why should I get these screening tests done?
to identify high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol and glucose
levels can find problems early and prevent or reduce the burden of
heart disease and diabetes on individuals and their families.
should I be to get these tests, and how often should I get them?
over-night fasting total cholesterol screening is recommended every
5 years for adults aged 20 years and older. *
Glucose/Diabetes screening is recommended every 3 years for persons
aged 45 years and older, or for any overweight adult with another
*Your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent testing if you
have certain risk factors. Check with your doctor.
will my appointment take? When will I get my results?
appointment will take about 30 minutes. A public health nurse will
obtain a small sample of blood from your fingertip; results are
available in about 10 minutes.
What if my
levels are too high, or too low?
screening tests indicate any levels out of recommended range, a
public health nurse will discuss ways that you can improve them. In
certain cases, and with your permission, we will send a letter with
you and encourage you to share your results with your doctor.
Do you offer
any educational materials to help me to improve my test results and make
Health Nursing has lots of great brochures and booklets with information
to help you improve your heart health; whether it is helping you learn
how to prepare healthier meals with great recipes, how to quit smoking,
or how to be more active.
included in the tests, and how much do they cost?
Pressure, Total Cholesterol & Glucose - $42
includes: total cholesterol (TC), HDL, LDL, triglyceride, TC/HDL
ratio, and glucose.
If you are
a known diabetic and taking medications, please check with your
doctor about whether you are able to fast and/or hold your scheduled
medications for this test.
If you are
between the ages of 30-74, we can calculate your risk percentage for
developing coronary heart disease over the next 10 years.
Blood Pressure & Glucose/A1C - $32
screening to detect average glucose levels for past 3
American Diabetes Association (ADA) promotes hemoglobin A1C (A1C) as
a faster, easier diagnostic test that could help reduce the number
of undiagnosed patients and better identify patients with
When can I
get my screening tests, and how do I make an appointment?
clinics are scheduled by appointment on the 4th Wednesday of every
month beginning at 7:40 a.m. Call Public Health Nursing to schedule
608-785-9723. Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete
some web-sites that I can go to for more information about blood
pressure, cholesterol or diabetes?
– High Blood Pressure: Tests and Diagnosis –
- Cholesterol Levels: What numbers should you aim for?
- Understanding Diabetes Tests and Diagnosis -
The National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute – National Institutes of
American Heart Association:
American Diabetes Association:
National Diabetes Education Program: