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McHenry County Health Department offers cholesterol screenings

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Submitted by McHenry County Department of Health

In honor of American Heart Month, McHenry County Department of Health will offer cholesterol screenings in February. Appointments can be made for these dates/locations.

• 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd St., (815) 334-4536.

• 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Higgins-Diggins Library, 900 E McKinley St., Harvard, (815) 943-4671.

• 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, MCDH, 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake, (815) 334-4536.

The screening requires a 12-hour fast and includes total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood glucose, blood pressure and cardiovascular education. The cost is $35.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death -- one in four deaths -- for both men and women in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states health care costs for coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity. The CDC recommends regular checkups, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and regular exercise to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease.

For more information on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, visit the CDC at www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/what_you_can_do.htm.

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