Do you know your cholesterol level?

AstraZenecaSeptember is recognized as National Cholesterol Education Month in an effort to raise awareness for the more than 65 million American adults who are affected by high cholesterol.

During this important month, AstraZeneca is encouraging adults to have their doctors check their cholesterol levels. Adults who may have elevated cholesterol should work with their doctors to develop a management plan to help reach their cholesterol goals.

Individuals with high cholesterol and additional risk factors–such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of early heart disease–may be at increased risk for atherosclerosis, a serious disease which involves plaque buildup in the arteries over time.

AstraZeneca and many organizations dedicated to cardiovascular disease across the country are working to raise awareness around cholesterol education and provide patients with important resources, such as access to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) guidelines, a cholesterol tracker, questions to ask your doctor, and tips on lifestyle changes and medication options, if necessary, to help guide patients as they learn about their cholesterol and how to effectively manage it.

Click here for more information on the importance of cholesterol levels and working with your doctor to create a management plan.

-By Kristen Schumacher                                            

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