February is the month of love, hearts, the color red, so what better month is there for American Heart Month?! American Heart Month was established to raise awareness about heart health and urge Americans to lower their risk for developing heart disease. Did you know heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions? You can learn more here: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm
This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is focusing on cholesterol. Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood cholesterol, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) will focus on the impact that high blood cholesterol can have on the heart. Join DHDSP throughout February and beyond by starting important conversations about your heart health. Talk with your loved ones and health care team about how you can prevent and manage high blood cholesterol.
They have compiled the following resources for consumers to learn more:
Get the facts on high blood cholesterol, its risk factors, and how to prevent and manage it.
- Cholesterol: Fact or Fiction?
Take this quiz to test your cholesterol smarts and learn more about cholesterol management.
- Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Cholesterol
Take these five important questions about cholesterol to your next checkup.
- How and When to Have Your Cholesterol Checked
Knowing your cholesterol status can help you stay in control of your health. Read more about cholesterol screening and why it is important.