September 4, 2012 Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson 312-334-2311 Sue.Crosson-Knutson@gmail.com
CHICAGO - High cholesterol affects one in every six adults in America. That’s 17 percent of the population. Persons with high cholesterol have an increased risk for heart disease which is the leading cause of death according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
“Every other American male and every third American female over age 40 will develop coronary heart disease,” said Mark Eskandari, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®. For this reason, September has been designated Cholesterol Awareness Month.
“It’s possible to limit cholesterol build-up in your blood vessels,” said Dr. Eskandari. “Lowering your risk factors can help prevent coronary heart disease.”
The vascular surgeon suggests the following actions:
• exercise (30 minutes daily),
• reduce intake of saturated fats and cholesterol-containing foods,
• quit smoking,
• reduce excess weight (waist size more than 40 inches for men; more than 35 inches for women).
The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) within the National Institute of Health’s National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recommends a cholesterol check every five years for adults more than 20 years of age. Desirable cholesterol levels are:
• Total cholesterol: Less than 200 mg/dL
• Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol): Less than 100 mg/dL
• High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ("good" cholesterol): 40 mg/dL or higher
• Triglycerides: Less than 150 mg/dL
“Through lifestyle changes, most Americans can attain these cholesterol levels,” said Dr. Eskandari. “If necessary, cholesterol-lowering medications can help.”
About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 3,683 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at VascularWeb.org®. Follow SVS on Twitter and Facebook.