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Cholesterol screenings to be offered in Harvard

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:18 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:23 a.m. CDT

HARVARD — McHenry County Department of Health will offer a cholesterol screening at Harvard-Diggins Library, 900 E McKinley Street, Harvard, on Thursday, May 22, from 9am-11am.

Appointments are required at 815-334-4851. The cost is $35.  The screening requires a 12-hour fast and includes total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure, heart age assessment and cardiovascular education.  A nursing consult is available once results are received. 

High cholesterol has a lot to do with the chances of getting heart disease. Although it usually has no signs or symptoms, it can be treated. In fact, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes are all major risk factors for heart disease.

Certain lifestyles such as being a smoker, being overweight and lack of exercise can also put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. Everyone can take steps to lower their risk of heart disease and heart attack by addressing these risk factors.  

By quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight, individuals can keep blood cholesterols down.

For more information on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/what_you_can_do.htm

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