Cholesterol Facts

The Facts About Cholesterol

  61.8 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease. (Center for Disease Control)
  Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans. More than 2.4 million Americans will have a heart attack this year (American Heart Association).
  Doctors estimate that there are 15 million to 25 million Americans that appear to have healthy total cholesterol scores, but are in fact at risk of cardiovascular disease simply because their HDL is too low. (Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2003)
  Continual increases in cholesterol level greatly affect heart attack risk. For every one point increase in total cholesterol, heart attack risk rises 2%. An increase of 25 points can boost heart attack risk by 50%. (
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  A 10% decrease in cholesterol may result in an estimated 30% reduction in coronary heart disease. (American Heart Association)
  For every one unit increase in HDL, a person's risk of heart disease drops by as much as 3%. (WSJ, June 10, 2003)
  Heart disease, attacks and surgery can be avoided by decreasing cholesterol levels. In a recent clinical study, more than 4400 heart disease patients were given cholesterol-lowering treatments. The study found that for every 1000 patients under treatment, 70 of the 210 expected nonfatal heart attacks would be avoided, 40 of the 90 people expected to die from heart disease would be saved and 60 of the 210 people expected to have heart surgeries would not require an operation. (National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute)
Additional Resources On The Web
  Heart Center Online – Cholesterol Center
  American Heart Association
  American College of Cardiology
  National Cholesterol Education Program
  iVillage Health – Cholesterol
  Cardiology Channel