Testing for Better Health

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a new guideline recommending routine cardiovascular screening with cholesterol tests for pre-adolescents and young adults—once between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between ages 17 and 21.

“It is well established that a population that enters adulthood with lower risk will have less atherosclerosis and will collectively have lower cardiovascular disease rates,” the guidelines say.

Most people will agree that the real secret to staying healthy is to catch symptoms early before they become a problem, no matter the age, and laboratory screening tests play a big role in preventive medicine. Seemingly healthy individuals can learn to guard their health more closely when a test reveals a borderline high cholesterol level, an abnormal Pap smear, or a precancerous polyp in their colon.

Patients and doctors rely on the knowledge and experience of laboratory workers. The College of American Pathologists estimates that “laboratory services drive more than 70 percent of clinical decisions from diagnosis through therapy and prognosis.”

ECU is proud of its mission of providing highly qualified clinical laboratory scientists for state.  The ECU Clinical Laboratory Science program has graduated more than 350 professionals, the majority of whom have chosen to stay in eastern NC to practice their profession.

Here’s to better health, eastern North Carolina.