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Educational Information about High Blood Cholesterol

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM
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.      

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Yes, we mention that in the post and we are happy to share the information with the community!
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