heart health resources: control cholesterol

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control cholesterol 

Getting your cholesterol levels checked is an important part of staying healthy. High cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States.

Knowing your cholesterol status can help you stay in control of your health. Learn about cholesterol screening and why it is important.

Cholesterol should be checked starting early in life—even children and adolescents should have their cholesterol checked.

What are the risk factors?
  • family history of heart disease or high blood cholesterol

  • type 2 diabetes

  • older age

  • being male

  • being overweight or obese

  • a history of high cholesterol

How to have healthy cholesterol
  • choose healthy foods 

  • stay physically active

  • don't smoke

  • take medications as prescribed

Visit these sections for more resources:

- Eating for a Healthy Heart

- Keep moving!

- Kick the habit

Get Your Screenings!

Since one in 5 teens have an unhealthy cholesterol reading, and around 93 million Americans over the age of 20 have high cholesterol, it's important for you to get your screenings early and regularly.

Cholesterol should be checked starting early in life—even children and adolescents should have their cholesterol checked.

Cholesterol screenings should be done:

  • Every 5 years for people age 20+ who are at low risk for cardiovascular disease.

  • More frequently than every 5 years for people with cardiovascular disease risk factors. Follow your doctor's schedule.

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