CDC Addresses High Cholesterol
CDC supports several public health efforts that address high blood cholesterol.
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|State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health|
- Funded by CDC, State Public Health Actions is a national program that provides a base level of funding to all 50 states and DC to focus on underlying strategies that address chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke.
- Additional resources are provided to 32 qualified states to enable more intensive interventions and greater health outcomes for these chronic conditions.
- The goal of this multi-faceted initiative to improve health for all Americans through coordinated chronic disease prevention programs.
- WISEWOMAN helps women with little or no health insurance reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases.
- The program assists women age 40 to 64 in improving their diet, physical activity, and other behaviors. WISEWOMAN also provides cholesterol tests and other screening.
- The CDC funds 21 WISEWOMAN projects in 19 states and two tribal organizations.
A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
- The Action Plan charts a national course to prevent heart disease and stroke.
- The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention implements the Action Plan.
- The Forum consists of representatives of public and private health care, along with faith, advocacy, academic, and policy organizations.
- Healthy People 2020, the federal government's agenda for building a healthier nation, includes 24 objectives specific to heart disease and stroke. CDC and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute led in the development of the objectives and lead in tracking the objectives over the next decade.
- The goal of Healthy People 2020, as it relates to heart disease and stroke, is to "improve cardiovascular health and quality of life through prevention, detection, and treatment of risk factors for heart attack and stroke; early identification and treatment of heart attacks and strokes; and prevention of repeat cardiovascular events".
- Healthy People 2020 provided evidenced based clinical and community interventions and consumer information and resources related to heart disease and stroke.
- CDC's Environmental Health Laboratory serves as the world reference laboratory for measuring cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoproteins, and low-density lipoproteins.
- The laboratory helps to ensure the quality of about 35 million cholesterol measurements made annually in the United States.
- Doctors require accurate measurements to diagnose and properly treat people with high cholesterol levels.