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Do you have heart disease?

Heart disease: monitor and lower cholesterol.
Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease is a condition in which plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. Factors that increase the risk of plaque include; smoking, high amounts of certain fats, a high cholesterol level, high blood pressure, and high amounts of sugar in the blood due to diabetes.

What can you do?
For people with heart disease, it is very important to have your cholesterol checked regularly and maintain a low cholesterol level. Keeping a low cholesterol level decreases the chance of heart attack or stroke; it may slow down, reduce, or even stop plaque from building up, decrease the need for treatment of blocked arteries and prolong life.

For more information, visit the web site: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Cad/CAD_All.html