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Session 7 - Know Your Health Numbers

Part 4 - Blood Cholesterol

There are 2 types of cholesterol - good and bad. It's so important to keep it at healthy levels because high blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.  And we know “what’s good for your heart is good for your brain.”

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada recommends that you ask your healthcare provider to check your cholesterol if:

  • You are male and over 40.
  • You are female and over 50 or post-menopausal.
  • You have heart disease, stroke, diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Your waist measures more than 102 centimetres (40 inches) for men or 88 centimetres (35 inches) for women. For persons of Chinese or South Asian descent, if your waist measures more than 90 centimetres (35 inches) for men or 80 centimetres (32 inches) for women.
  • You have a family history of heart disease or stroke.

Source:  Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Personal Reflection

  • When was the last time you had your blood cholesterol checked?
  • Do you know what your blood cholesterol numbers were?
  • Do you record your blood cholesterol numbers? Where?

More Information about High Cholesterol

To learn more about how to get your cholesterol in check, go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s website.  There they have a dedicated section on HEALTH INFORMATION. All the content is Canadian, current and has been developed and approved by Heart and Stroke Foundation medical and other experts.

Are you at risk? Take the Heart & Stroke Risk AssessmentTM and get a personalized risk profile and a customized action plan for healthy living that includes tips, tools, recipes and much more to help you reduce your risk.

Additional Reading

Heart and Stroke Risk Assessment™

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide

Heart and Stroke Healthy Weight Action Plan

Join the Conversation

Visit the Discussion Forums, where you can post, in a common area, messages to all other community members.   It’s a place for you to interact with others and to discuss ideas about taking care of your general health.

At any time, you may scroll to the Search bar at the top of the page and type a specific question or topic.

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