Zoom Topic Idea – Ask if High Cholesterol and Heart Disease Run in Your Family!

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Everyone can help lower their cholesterol with a heart-healthy diet and daily exercise (even walking!) But if high cholesterol and heart disease run in your family, your risk may be too high to manage with diet and exercise alone.

Genetics are a huge factor in cholesterol and heart health, and yet many never discuss cholesterol and heart disease with their relatives. To manage your risk, you need to fully understand it. And that means you need to know your family history.

So here’s an idea for your next family Zoom. Ask, “Does high cholesterol and/or heart disease run in our family?”

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May is Stroke Awareness Month…High Cholesterol Increases Risk

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Did you know that high cholesterol increases your risk of stroke? And that stroke is not an ‘old person’s’ disease? According to the Million Hearts site, “Stroke can happen to anyone at any time.”

The good news is that 80% of strokes are preventable.  The bad news is that stroke risk factors may not be recognized and treated in younger or middle-aged adults.

The CDC lists stroke risk factors including certain conditions and behaviors (aka lifestyle):

Conditions that increase Stroke Risk:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Previous Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

Behaviors that increase Stroke Risk:

  • Unhealthy Diet (specifically,

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Is Your Heart Older Than Your Actual Age?

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February is “American Heart Month,” which the CDC calls in the “Strong Men Put Their Health First” post as “a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.”

While I agree making changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health is important, why the CDC wrote this post about men is beyond me. Especially because heart disease is THE NUMBER 1 KILLER OF WOMEN in the US. Though this is frustrating, I provided a link to the CDC male-oriented page because there’s useful general info there.

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