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High Blood Cholesterol Impacts Children

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM Comments comments (142)
We hope you have had a chance to view or listen to the information we have provided about high blood cholesterol!  

We want everyone to know that high blood cholesterol can impact children as well.  We invite you to view this wonderful site where Anne Kolker, a Registered Dietitian gives us heart healthy tips for the whole family!!

Here are the basics:

1. Increase Fiber Intake

2. Decrease Saturated Fat Intake

3.  Increase Intake of Healthy Fats

4.  MOVE YOUR BODY!

To learn more about each tip and visit this wonderful website, click on the fruit below!

  

Educational Information about High Blood Cholesterol

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (104)
Educational Information about  High Blood Cholesterol    

Take a look at the notes we've made for you about High Blood Cholesterol.  This information was provided by the National Institute of Health (NIH)-Heart, Lung & Blood Institutes National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP).  

The NCEP "aims to raise awareness and understanding about high blood cholesterol as a risk factor for CHD and the benefits of lowering cholesterol levels as a means of preventing CHD".   
Notes Presented by Take Care Community Outreach, Inc.   

Cholesterol-What is it?  
  
  • Fatty like substance that is found in the blood
  • Comes from cells in the body & food we eat

2 Types
  • HDL (Good Cholesterol)- Helps keep cholesterol deposits from clogging artery walls.
  • LDL (Bad Cholesterol) Produced by body naturally, however increased amounts circulating in blood causes an issue:
   -Build up of cholesterol deposits in the     
         arteries.
   -Arteries become narrow and hard.          
   -Blood flow to the heart is slowed down 
    or blocked.       
    
Blood supplies oxygen to the heart.  If you are not getting enough oxygen to the heart, you may experience symptoms such as chest pain.  If blood supply is completely cut off, this can result in a heart attack.
 
Symptoms     
  • Usually none, many are unaware they have high blood.
  • Important to see your Primary Care Physician to find out what your cholesterol numbers are.  Working to lower levels that are high decreases the risk of developing heart disease and reduces the risk of heart attack and death due to heart disease.

What puts you at risk for developing High Blood Cholesterol?
 
  • Heredity (Family history of early heart disease)
  • Age (>45yrs for men, >55 years for women)
  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Low HDL 

Prevention  

  • Eat a Healthy Diet (Low cholesterol & saturated fat)
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight (Losing weight helps lower LDL and raises HDL)
  • Engage in Physical Activity at least 30min/day!  Even a brisk walk is beneficial. (Helps to lower LDL, Raise HDL, and maintain a healthy weight)

Treatment  


  • Cholesterol-lowering diet (TLC diet)
  • Physical Activity
  • Weight Management
  • Medications
  


We encourage you to post comments, questions or share your story with us!  If you are in need of a PCP in the Prince William County area, or looking for an affordable healthcare option for you or your family please contact us

Also, if you are interested in volunteering to educate others in the community about high blood cholesterol, click here.      

Positive Outlook on life linked to Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM Comments comments (104)
Hello All,

March is here and this is our high blood cholesterol awareness and education month.  We learned a little about cholesterol last month when we focused on heart disease.  This month we will have a more in-depth study of high blood cholesterol.  We hope you took a listen to the podcast on the home page!  Stay tuned for educational information on the site, the blog and in the community!

Take a moment to read this article to learn how a positive outlook on life can help you have healthy cholesterol levels. 


How can we help you have a more positive outlook on life?



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