By Alan Campbell
MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Nearly 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. That is an average of one death every 38 seconds.
Having high cholesterol is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and is the number one killer in the U.S. More than 1-in-7 American adults with high cholesterol are at risk of heart disease, but the good news is that number can drop.
On Friday, the East Cooper Medical Center is offering a free cholesterol screening from 9 a.m. to noon.
According to the American Heart Association, people can reduce their cholesterol intake by simply changing what they eat. Enjoying a heart healthy diet, physical activity and avoiding tobacco smoke can change your risk of heart disease.
Eating a lot of saturated and trans fats can drastically increase your cholesterol levels. Saturated fats are found in foods such as meats, butter and cream. Trans fats are found in cookies, cakes, pastries and fast food.
You may have high cholesterol and not even know it. Normally there are no symptoms, so the best way to check your cholesterol level is by getting tested.
A recent study found women 50 and older have higher cholesterol levels than men. That puts them at a higher risk for heart disease.
South Carolina ranks 23rd in the U.S. with 33.4 percent of the state with high cholesterol levels. On Friday, the East Cooper Medical Center is offering a free cholesterol screening from 9 a.m. to noon.
There is no fasting required and results are immediate. If you would like to register for Friday's cholesterol screening, you can call 843-884-7031 to register.