American Heart Month

American Heart Month 2019: Let’s Talk About Cholesterol

Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke?1 High blood cholesterol can be hard to detect, as it often shows no signs or symptoms.

This year, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) will focus on the impact that high blood cholesterol can have on the heart. Join DHDSP throughout February and beyond by starting important conversations about your heart health. Talk with your loved ones and health care team about how you can prevent and manage high blood cholesterol.

Spread the Word

Follow DHDSP on Twitter and Million Hearts® on Facebook for American Heart Month messages you can share on your channels with a click of a button. You can also use and download the following social media messages and graphics to share with your followers:

Facebook/LinkedIn/Instagram

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Follow and join the cholesterol conversations all month long by using #HeartMonth in your social media messages!

  • What is blood cholesterol, and why is it important in preventing heart disease? Start with the basics at CDC [tag]. #HeartMonth http://bit.ly/2loCY9mExternal
  • Managing cholesterol early in life is key to lowering your risk for heart disease. Here are 4 ways to take control of your cholesterol levels today. #HeartMonth http://bit.ly/2DLXXMZExternal
  • High cholesterol typically doesn’t have symptoms, so many people may not know they are at risk. Talk with your doctor about getting regular screening tests. http://bit.ly/2x7EctJExternal
  • When it comes to cholesterol, there’s the good and the bad. Find out what the difference between LDL and HDL cholesterol is and how it affects the heart. #HeartMonth http://bit.ly/2x7EctJExternal
  • High cholesterol can run in the family, but there are everyday steps you can take together to lower your risk. Start the conversation with your loved ones about how to manage cholesterol. #HeartMonth http://bit.ly/2j4xyglExternal
  • What are statins, and do you need to take them? Get the scoop on these cholesterol-lowering medicines. #HeartMonth http://bit.ly/2FAR6akExternal

Twitter

  • What is blood #cholesterol, and why is it important in preventing #cardiovascular disease? Start with the basics at @CDCHeart_Stroke. http://bit.ly/2loCY9mExternal #HeartMonth
  • Lower your risk for heart disease by managing #cholesterol. Here are 4 ways you can start today. http://bit.ly/2DLXXMZExternal #HeartMonth
  • DYK high #cholesterol usually doesn’t have symptoms? That’s why it’s important to get tested regularly. Talk with your doctor about cholesterol screenings. http://bit.ly/2AtTuvxExternal #HeartMonth
  • LDL vs. HDL #cholesterol: What’s the difference? @CDCHeart_Stroke explains. http://bit.ly/2x7EctJExternal #HeartMonth
  • High #cholesterol can run in the #family—but you can work together to lower your risk. Start the conversation with your loved ones about how to manage cholesterol. http://bit.ly/2j4xyglExternal #HeartMonth
  • What are #statins? What are their risks and benefits? Get the scoop on these cholesterol-lowering #medicines. http://bit.ly/2FAR6akExternal #HeartMonth

Shareable Graphics

Take a moment to talk about cholesterol. Learn the basics.

Take a moment to talk about cholesterol. Have an honest conversation with yourself.

Take a moment to talk about cholesterol. Heart health is a family matter.

Take a moment to talk about cholesterol. Cholesterol management is a team effort.

Get Involved

#CardiacRehabChat: Improving Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral Rates

  • Join Million Hearts® (@MillionHeartsUS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (@AACVPR), and the American College of Cardiology (@ACCinTouch) for a Twitter chat on Tuesday, February 12th at 1:00 pm ET, in observance of National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. The chat will highlight the importance of cardiac rehabilitation and how health care professionals can increase referral rates.

Facebook Live Experts Panel

  • Join DHDSP for a Facebook live on Monday, February 25, from 12:30-1:00 p.m. ET, featuring a panel of cholesterol experts who will discuss and answer questions about high blood cholesterol, cholesterol management, and the 2018 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol. Tune in by visiting facebook.com/millionhearts.
Let's talk about cholesterol. Heart from these panelists: Dr. Betsy Thompson, Director, DHDSP; Dr. Janet Wright, Executive Direction, Million Hearts; Dr. Laurence Sperling, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Emory University School of Medicine. Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, 12:30 ET

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Reference

  1. Benjamin EJ, Blaha MJ, Chiuve SE, Cushman M, Das SR, Deo R, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2017 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017;135:e1–e458.