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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 1, 2010

DHEC urges South Carolinians to get blood cholesterol checked

COLUMBIA, S.C. – September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month, and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control urges South Carolinians to get their blood cholesterol checked, and work with their healthcare provider to lower it if it is high.

"High cholesterol affects 41 percent of South Carolina adults and contributes to more than 4,000 heart disease-related deaths in our state each year," said Joy Brooks, director of DHEC's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Division. "Lowering your cholesterol numbers if they're too high can help reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke."

Brooks recommended following these steps to keep your cholesterol numbers under control:

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet consisting of foods low in saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol
  • Enjoy regular physical activity
  • Avoid tobacco smoke
  • Follow your healthcare professional's advice

DHEC's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Division works with community partners and health care systems to improve the cardiovascular health and quality of life of South Carolinians through the prevention, detection and treatment of risk factors; early identification and treatment of cardiovascular diseases; and prevention of recurrent cardiovascular events.

For more information, see DHEC's website at: http://www.scdhec.gov/hdsp.

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For more information:
Betsy Crick – (803) 545-4496
E-mail – crickec@dhec.sc.gov
or
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
E-mail – myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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