February is American Heart Month! Heart Month Shifts Focus to New Cholesterol Guidelines
During American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) will focus on the impact of high blood cholesterol on the heart. Join DHDSP throughout February and beyond by starting important conversations about your heart health. Talk with your loved ones and health care team about how you can prevent and manage high blood cholesterol.
Did you know that the American Heart Association (AHA) released new cholesterol guidelines in 2018? In November, the AHA and the American College of Cardiology released a special report detailing how high cholesterol, at any age, can increase a person’s lifetime risk for heart disease and stroke. A healthy lifestyle is the first step in prevention and treatment to lower that risk. The 2018 guidelines recommend more detailed risk assessments to help health care providers better determine a person’s individualized risk and treatment options.
Learn more using these cholesterol tools:
- What Are High Blood Cholesterol and Triglycerides?
- Cholesterol Score
- How Do My Cholesterol Levels Affect My Risk?
- Cut Down on Saturated Fats
- Top Ten Thing to Know 2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol