Cholesterol continues to occupy headlines. With 1 out of 5 American adults diagnosed with high cholesterol, new guidelines are helping physicians determine which people should take statins, cholesterol-lowering drugs. The white, waxy substance becomes a problem when it sticks to artery walls, reducing the flow of blood and leading to heart attacks and strokes.
Test your cholesterol smarts with this true-false Cholesterol IQ Quiz, adapted from the American Heart Association (AHA):
1. Only adults need to have their cholesterol levels checked.
2. The only treatment for high cholesterol is medication.
3. Thin people don’t have to worry about cholesterol.
If you answered “true” to any of the above, you need to learn more about cholesterol. Visit AHA’s website: www.heart.org.