Nearly a third of both African American men and African American women have LDL-C (bad cholesterol) levels of 130mg/dL or higher according to the American Heart Association. The National Institute of Health considers this level borderline high. This is alarming because high cholesterol— specifically LDL cholesterol—can lead to heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. This is especially concerning as heart disease is responsible for 1 in 4 (24.5%) African American deaths every year.
Cholesterol Counts is an awareness program around Americans’ knowledge about cholesterol, their numbers, and the risks associated with high LDL-C. Based on the first wave of results from Cholesterol Counts, African Americans do not know enough about their cholesterol.
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