High cholesterol puts you at higher risk for diseases that intensify the seriousness of the coronavirus.
Be sure to take your cholesterol & cardiovascular meds exactly as prescribed, especially during COVID times.
This year, it’s even more important to get your cholesterol checked and here are two reasons why now is a good time to get your cholesterol checked and, if needed, look for solutions to lowering it:
1. High cholesterol increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
2. Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease have been associated with severe COVID-19 illness in people infected with the virus.
The CDC advises these preventative actions:
Take your medicines exactly as prescribed and follow your doctor’s recommendations for diet and exercise while maintaining social distancing precautions.
Make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your heart disease medicines, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure medicines.
Continue angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) or angiotensin-II receptor blockers (ARB) as prescribed by your healthcare provider for indications such as heart failure or high blood pressure.
Call your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your condition or feel sick.
In addition to prescribing medications, your doctor may recommend certain lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol such as*:
Eating a low-fat and high-fiber diet— including more fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains
Getting at least 2 ½ hours of moderate exercise, or 1 hour 15 min of vigorous exercise per week for adults. For those aged 6-17, getting 1 hour of physical activity per day
Maintaining a healthy weight
Abstaining from smoking, or quitting if you do smoke
High blood cholesterol is a key risk factor for…
Heart disease: Heart disease is known as a silent killer because sometimes people don’t know they have it until they experience signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, or an arrythmia.
Stroke: Another health risk of high cholesterol. High cholesterol can cause buildup (plaque) on the walls of your arteries, narrowing these blood vessels. Plaque can break open and lead to blood clots, which can block blood flow in already narrowed blood vessels. If this happens in the brain, it causes a stroke.
High blood pressure: People who are living with high blood cholesterol are at high risk to developing high blood pressure, which is also a contributing risk factor for heart disease and stroke — the two leading causes of death in the US. There are about 30 million adults in the US who have high blood pressure who should be taking medication for it but are not. The US spends about $131 billion per year on costs relating to high blood pressure.
*Recommendations made by the CDC
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