Some believe they should wait till their doctor requests a lipid profile test to check their cholesterol levels. We say, never put your health at risk! 1, 2, 3
High cholesterol level can cause heart attack or stroke with no previous signs or symptoms. 1, 2, 3
Know your risks, starting at the age of 20. By the age of 40 and 75, ask your healthcare provider to assess your 10-year risk. It’s so important to get your cholesterol levels checked at least every 4 to 6 years. 1, 2, 3
While many people can attain good cholesterol levels by making healthy food selections and getting enough physical activity, your doctor may recommend a medication as well.
A heart-healthy diet and regular physical activity are important to everyone for maintaining cardiovascular health. It’s also very important to take your medication exactly as your doctor has instructed, even if your cholesterol levels returned back to normal. 1, 2, 3
1. Common Misconceptions about Cholesterol. 2017. Available at: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/about-cholesterol/common-misconceptions-about-cholesterol Last accessed: 22/06/2019
2. Cholesterol: MYTHS VS. FACTS. American Heart Association, 2019 Available at: https://www.heart.org/-/media/files/health-topics/cholesterol/cholesterolmythsfacts_2-27-19.pdf?la=en&hash=B25D955489FFEF75B91960093EB71BD29BDE511A Last accessed: 22/06/2019
3. Cholesterol Myths and Facts, 2019. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/features/cholesterol-myths-facts/index.html Last accessed: 22/06/2019