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Atlanta, GA 30341–3717

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NEW! September is National Cholesterol Education Month
CDC Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Lipid Standardization Program
NEW!  2008 Stroke Hospitalization Atlas for Medicare Beneficiaries
DHDSP: Addressing the Nation's Leading Killers
2008 At-A-Glance

Cholesterol Fact Sheet
 State Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program Addresses High Blood Cholesterol
Heart Disease and Stroke Legislative Database
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High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. About 17% of adult Americans have high blood cholesterol (240 mg/dL or more total cholesterol).

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body. In fact, it is needed for the body to function normally. Your body makes enough cholesterol for its needs. When there is too much cholesterol in your body, it is deposited in arteries, including those of the heart, which can lead to narrowing of the arteries and to heart disease.

High blood cholesterol does not produce symptoms, so many people may not know that their blood cholesterol is too high. However, blood cholesterol can be easily checked and can be controlled. Also, there are things that you can do to help keep your blood cholesterol levels in the normal range.

Find out more on this Web site about cholesterol, heart disease, and what you can do to help stay healthy.

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Page last reviewed: November 8, 2007
Page last modified: November 8, 2007

Content source: Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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