See the Emergency in Cholesterol

I struggle with high cholesterol and I know I’m at risk of a heart attack or stroke if I don’t manage it correctly. It is no laughing matter. I’m taking the driver’s seat to See the Emergency in Cholesterol

— Jay Leno

It's Time to
See the Emergency in Cholesterol

IN THE UNITED STATES SOMEONE HAS A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE

Did you know that in the US, someone has a heart attack or stroke every 40 seconds?

IF YOU'VE HAD A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE, YOUR RISK OF HAVING ANOTHER CV EVENT IS NEARLY

Learn more about the risk factors associated with an increased risk of heart attackand stroke.
CV = CARDIOVASCULAR

Recognize the Risk
High LDL-C may have the strongest influence on your chance of having a Heart Attack or Stroke

LDL-C, also known as bad cholesterol, is one of the most important risk factors for having a heart attack. Your risk for having a heart attack or stroke increases proportionally with higher bad cholesterol levels.

Bad cholesterol is the main cause of atherosclerosis – the formation of plaques in the arteries that can block the flow of blood, which increases your risk for major cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke.

HIGH CHOLESTEROL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH AN INCREASED RISK OF HEART ATTACK

If you’re working on lowering your risk for heart attack or stroke, taking a look at your risk factors can be a good place to start. A risk factor can be anything that has an influence on the likelihood of developing a disease or injury.

While there are many risk factors that may influence your chance of having a cardiovascular event, there are certain risk factors that are considered “modifiable,” meaning you can reduce their impact by taking action.

The INTERHEART study examined nine factors commonly associated with cardiovascular disease and their effect on the risk for having a heart attack. Of the nine factors investigated by the study, high cholesterol was most closely associated with an increased risk for heart attack.

interheart study

JAY’S STORY

“I’m working on managing my high cholesterol so this topic hits home for me. Whenever I see or hear an ambulance, I think about my friends who have had a heart attack or stroke. It’s crazy to think that this happens every 40 seconds in the US.”

— Jay Leno

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HIGH “BAD” CHOLESTEROL
For patients who have had a heart attack or stroke, when it comes to bad cholesterol, lower is better

It’s time to take control. Take the steps today to put your heart health first. It’s time to take control. Take the steps today to put your heart health first.

Adults in the United States with cardiovascular disease still have high LDL-Cholesterol despite using lipid-lowering therapy.

HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR YOU AS YOU WORK TOWARD YOUR HEART HEALTH GOALS:

High LDL-C is connected to a higher risk for heart attack or stroke.

A history of heart attack or stroke is the strongest predictor of a second event.

If your LDL-C is too high despite treatments, ask your doctor if there are additional steps you can take to lower your levels.

RON’S STORY

“Before my first heart attack, I wasn't aware my LDL levels were high. My doctor told me I needed to take action to address it because I’m at risk of a second attack.”

Make the commitment to lowering your risk today
If your LDL-C is still high despite treatment, ask your doctor if there are additional steps you can take to lower your levels

Ready to work with your doctor to learn how to lower your risk for a heart attack or stroke, but not sure where to start? Download our discussion guide to fill out and bring with you to your next doctor’s appointment.

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Find out about a treatment option for patients who have had a heart attack or stroke and have high LDL-Cholesterol.

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Additional Resources

These organizations provide resources for patients with cardiovascular disease. Learn more by clicking the logos below.

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