Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What you need to know about cholesterol

What do Miley Cyrus, Barbara Walters and Robin Williams all have in common?

Heart Health is important, but many Americans do not understand the role that cholesterol—a fat-like substance found in all cells of the body—plays in heart health and heart disease. When there is too much cholesterol in the blood, cholesterol can build up on artery walls and slow or stop blood flow to the heart.

Here's what you need to know about high blood cholesterol and heart health and find out what your cholesterol numbers really mean.

Cholesterol management is a key strategy of the Million Hearts Initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Read more about the initiative at Million Hearts.

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