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National Cholesterol Education Month

September is National Cholesterol Education Month.

High blood cholesterol affects over 65 million Americans.* High cholesterol can increase your risk for heart disease.

Did you know that you could have high cholesterol and not know it? Now is a good time to get your cholesterol checked.

Cholesterol screening is recommended at least every 5 years for men ages 35-75 and women ages 45-75. If you have a family history of very high cholesterol and other risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, smoking, inactive lifestyle, obesity, and diabetes), you are at increased risk for high cholesterol and its complications. Your doctor may ask you to be screened more often.

Find out more about cholesterol screening including:

  • guidelines for cholesterol levels
  • what you can do to prevent high blood cholesterol

*Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

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