Manage Your Cholesterol to Celebrate World Heart Day

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Heart disease is a major problem in the U.S. Nearly 1 in 3 Americans will die from it, making it the leading cause of death in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be. Heart disease is preventable. One of the best ways to prevent heart disease is to follow the ABCS of heart disease and stroke prevention:
  • Appropriate Aspirin use
  • Blood pressure control
  • Cholesterol management
  • Smoking cessation.

This month, in celebration of World Heart Day and Cholesterol Awareness Month, we are focusing on C – Cholesterol

Why does cholesterol matter?

Even though high levels of “bad” cholesterol are a known risk factor for heart disease, many Americans do not know if their cholesterol level puts them at risk for heart disease. Unfortunately, about 1 in 2 American men and 1 in 3 American women will have high cholesterol at some point in their life. That means you or someone you know may be at greater risk for a heart attack, stroke or other cardiac event down the road.

What can I do about it?

Since high cholesterol has no signs or symptoms, adults must be screened to find out if their cholesterol level puts them at risk for heart disease. If you haven’t already done so, make an appointment to get screened. Cholesterol screening should occur every five years, so, if it’s been awhile, schedule a screening with your doctor or nurse practitioner to help lower your chances of heart attack, stroke or other cardiac event.

If you have been screened in the past five years, try to follow the cholesterol management plan your doctor prescribed to you. If you’re having trouble doing so or need a refresher on how to manage your cholesterol, check out the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention member resources below:

• {Eating well resource}
• {Exercising resource}
• {Medication adherence resource}
• {General cholesterol knowledge resource}

Cholesterol management is a critical component to heart disease and stroke prevention. After all, cholesterol is the C in the ABCS (appropriate Aspirin use, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cession) of heart disease and stroke prevention. Make a promise to yourself to talk to your doctor about cholesterol before World Heart Day, September 29, so you can celebrate the step you took to improve your heart health this fall.

As a member of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Health Power encourages others to join us in celebrating World Heart Day 2016.

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