Cholesterol and stroke awareness
September 30, 2013
By Annie Sanford, RN, BSN
Stroke Clinical Effectiveness Coordinator
September is also National Cholesterol Awareness month!
Do you know your numbers? It is important to know your cholesterol levels as they influence your risk of stroke. Talk to your provider today to find out where you stand!
Do you have trouble remembering “good” cholesterol versus “bad” cholesterol? An easy way to keep them straight is to think HDL = happy (“good” cholesterol) and LDL = lousy (“bad” cholesterol). Check out the American Heart Association’s Meet the Fats for memorable information about cholesterol.
How does cholesterol affect stroke risk? Build-up of cholesterol plaque within your arteries increases your risk of stroke by blocking normal blood flow. This reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the affected area.
How can you improve your cholesterol numbers?
For more information, you can also visit www.swedish.org/stroke or call 206-320-3200.