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Q: Why should I know my cholesterol levels?

Posted February 05, 2014 in Advice Column, Clear Lake

A: February is designated as American Heart Month. Raising awareness to the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease is important to the lives of young and old alike. Knowing your cholesterol level or monitoring it can be important information to be “heart healthy.”

High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. There are two types of cholesterol: “good” (HDL) and “bad” (LDL). It is important to have a good balance of both “good” and “bad” cholesterol levels.

HDL helps keep the LDL from getting lodged into your artery walls. A healthy level of HDL may also protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.

If you have had high cholesterol in the past or have never been tested, Oakwood Care Center will host a cholesterol screening on Feb. 12 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Clear Lake Senior Center. The cost of the test is $10, and it only takes five minutes. For accurate readings, please fast after midnight the night before. For more information, contact Michelle Anderson at 641-357-5244 or email

Information from American Heart Association, provided by Michelle Anderson, marketing coordinator, Oakwood Care Center, 400 Highway 18 West, Clear Lake, 641-357-5244.

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