sábado, 26 de septiembre de 2015

September: A Good Time to Check Up on Your Cholesterol

Dept. of Health & Human Services
September 25, 2015
By: Dr. Mary G. George, MD, Senior Medical Officer, Division for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and John Clymer, Executive Director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention
Did you know that cholesterol affects your risk for a heart attack? If you answered no, you’re not alone. High levels of cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that travels through the blood.  High density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is called “good” cholesterol because it helps remove fat from the blood, but low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), also called “bad” cholesterol, can clog your arteries which may result in a heart attack or stroke.
High LDL-C (the “bad” cholesterol) affects one in three US adults—that comes out to over 73 million people.  This means chances are you or someone you know has a cholesterol level that may increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Many of those living with high LDL-C don’t know it, as the condition usually has no signs or symptoms, so it is important to get your cholesterol checked regularly. Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act provides access to insurance options and requires most insurance plans to cover cholesterol screening and treatments that help reduce your risk for a heart attack or heart disease-related death. 
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