“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, more than all cancers combined,” says Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a consultant for the Take Cholesterol to Heart campaign and an attending cardiologist in private practice at the Juhi-Ash Integrative Health Center in New York City.
Moreover, Reader’s Digest recently conducted a consumer survey developed in partnership with ‘Take Cholesterol to Heart’ to explore attitudes around awareness and understanding of heart disease risk, specifically related to cholesterol. Interestingly, this survey revealed that while older Americans stay informed about relevant medical issues, when it comes to heart health, only 52% of the responders said they make every effort to maintain healthy cholesterol levels – a major risk factor for heart disease – and even fewer (46%) have discussed their heart disease risk profile with their doctor.
Know Your Risk
Taking a deeper look at high cholesterol, you might be wondering