Cholesterol Communications Kit
The social media messages and graphics below can help your audiences understand what cholesterol is and why managing cholesterol is important for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Help DHDSP spread awareness by sharing these resources on your social media pages:
- Cholesterol: What is it, and why is it important? Learn why managing cholesterol is important for the heart and brain. http://bit.ly/2loCY9mExternal
High cholesterol typically has no signs or symptoms but can lead to heart attack and stroke. That’s why it’s important to have your cholesterol checked by your health care team. All it takes is a simple blood test. Learn more from CDC [tag]. http://bit.ly/2AtTuvx
- There are two types of blood cholesterol: LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good”). When the body has too much LDL cholesterol or not enough HDL cholesterol, it can cause buildup called “plaque” on the walls of blood vessels. http://bit.ly/2kxTyCA
- Several factors that are beyond your control, such as age, gender, or family history, can increase your risk for high cholesterol. The good news is that you CAN control many other risk factors through healthy lifestyle choices. Here’s how. http://bit.ly/2wjRLUm
- Healthy lifestyle choices can help keep your cholesterol in a healthy range. Start by exercising regularly, avoiding foods high in saturated fat, and taking medicines as directed. Learn more. http://bit.ly/2wjRLUm
- If you take cholesterol-lowering medications, it’s important to take them as directed and to have cholesterol levels monitored regularly. Talk to your doctor to find a management plan that works best for you. http://bit.ly/2IzTQ89
- Curious about cholesterol? Put your cholesterol knowledge to the test with this quiz! http://bit.ly/2fLgo62
- #Cholesterol: What is it, and why is it important? Learn why managing cholesterol is important for the #heart and #brain. http://bit.ly/2loCY9m @CDCHeart_Stroke
- High blood #cholesterol typically has no signs or symptoms so it is important to talk to your doctor about getting your cholesterol checked. http://bit.ly/2AtTuvx @CDCHeart_Stroke
- Do you know the difference between LDL and HDL #cholesterol? @CDCHeart_Stroke explains. http://bit.ly/2kxTyCA
- Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high #cholesterol. You can make healthy lifestyle choices every day to lower your risk. Here’s how you can get started: http://bit.ly/2wjRLUm @CDCHeart_Stroke
- Healthy lifestyle choices can help keep your #cholesterol in a healthy range. Exercise regularly, avoid foods high in saturated fat and, if you have high cholesterol, take medicines as directed. Learn more at @CDCHeart_Stroke. http://bit.ly/2wjRLUm
- If you take #cholesterol-lowering medications, it’s important to stick to the ‘script. Talk to your doctor to find a management plan that works best for you. http://bit.ly/2IzTQ89 @CDCHeart_Stroke
- Curious about #cholesterol? Put your cholesterol knowledge to the test with this @CDCHeart_Stroke quiz! http://bit.ly/2fLgo62
The “cholesterol monster” illustrations below are intended to highlight the nature of high cholesterol in a playful way that can encourage your audience to learn about cholesterol without feeling intimidated by complex imagery. Download these cholesterol graphics to share on your social media pages.
The animation below shows how plaque can build up on the walls of blood vessels when the body has too much LDL cholesterol. You can download the animation for sharing.
Is “bad” cholesterol building up in your arteries? Find out with a simple blood test. Talk to a health care professional about cholesterol screening.
- Cholesterol: Fact or Fiction?External
Share this quiz to test your audiences’ cholesterol smarts and encourage them to learn more about cholesterol management.
- Million Hearts® Cholesterol Management pageExternal
This page provides updated cholesterol guidelines and links to treatment protocols and decision aids that can assist clinical teams and their patients in making informed health decisions.
- American Heart Month Event page
This February, DHDSP will focus on the impact that high blood cholesterol can have on the heart. Join DHDSP by starting important conversations about heart health. Visit our event page for helpful resources and tools to start the discussion.
- DHDSP Twitter and Million Hearts® Facebook pages
Follow DHDSP and Million Hearts® on social media to share our cholesterol posts directly on your pages.
- Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Cholesterol
This CDC Features article talks about why it’s important for patients to know their cholesterol numbers and what to ask their doctors about cholesterol.
- How and When to Have Your Cholesterol Checked
This CDC Features article provides an introduction to cholesterol screening.
- Cholesterol Patient Education Handouts
These fact sheets and handouts can help patients better understand how high cholesterol affects their health and risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Cholesterol Conversation Starters Cdc-pdf[PDF – 516 KB]
Use these conversation starters to talk with your family and health care team about high cholesterol and heart health.