|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 11, 1998
Office: (301) 496-4236
NHLBI Announces New Cholesterol Web Site for Heart Disease Patients
- Enter their LDL cholesterol level and learn what their doctor may prescribe to lower it
- Get an estimate of their daily dietary allowances for saturated fat, total fat, cholesterol, calories, and sodium, based on their height, weight, age, sex and activity level
- Select all of a day's foods for meals and see a report of the amount of saturated fat, total fat, cholesterol, calories, and sodium for each meal and for the day. This is compared with their daily dietary allowances
- Find out how to read food labels in the grocery store
- Learn how to recognize serving sizes
- Get some heart-healthy recipes
- Understand how drugs lower cholesterol
- Take a cholesterol and heart IQ test
- Discover how physical activity helps them stay healthy
More than 13 million American adults have CHD. It is a major cause of disability and the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. Each year, almost 500,000 people die of CHD. About 1.25 million people have heart attacks every year, and about half of these occur in people who are known to have CHD.
Dr. Cleeman says more attention to cholesterol lowering is needed in high-risk people with CHD. An estimated 80 to 85 percent of people with CHD would benefit from cholesterol lowering by diet or drugs, but only one third to one half are receiving active treatment.
NHLBI launched the National Cholesterol Education Program in November 1985 to help reduce illness and death from CHD by reducing the number of Americans with high cholesterol.
Other health-focused web sites are encouraged to link to this site.
Dr. James Cleeman, coordinator of the National Cholesterol Education Program, is available to comment on the new site. To arrange an interview, contact the NHLBI Communications Office at (301) 496-4236.
For more information on National Cholesterol Education Month check out the NHLBI home page at www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Look under "What's New" and click on "Cholesterol Month Kit '98."