Millions of Americas live at high-risk for heart attack, stroke, or even death – and they don’t even know it. Are you one of them?

Heart disease is still the leading cause of death for adults in the United States, but there are ways to know your risk and take action. One of the most effective ways for you to lower your risk is lowering your low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL). You've probably heard it called the “bad” cholesterol. But, 7 out of 10 people at high-risk for cardiovascular disease have LDL above recommended levels.

Lowering your LDL is a journey, but the Family Heart Foundation can help you along the road toward the LDL Safe Zone so that you can live a longer, healthier life.

We have decades of research showing high LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. There are medical guidelines that clearly outline recommended LDL levels and when and how to get there.

Research shows that living with lower LDL for longer is one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. At the Family Heart Foundation, we call that getting to the Safe Zone.

Journey to the LDL Safe Zone


What is cholesterol and why is it important?

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What is being tested when I get a cholesterol test?

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What do the results mean for me and my future?

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What can I do next?

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Do more than “Know Your Numbers.”
Don’t stop until you reach the LDL Safe Zone.

Based on recent analysis from the Family Heart Foundation

Family Heart Foundation research shows us that people who live with high levels of LDL cholesterol, not in their Safe Zone, are significantly more likely to have heart attacks, strokes, or other cardiovascular events.

High risk patients mostly NOT AT GOAL (>70% of time) had

LDL Safe Zone - 44%

than high risk patients mostly AT GOAL (>70% of time)

Unfortunately, we also know that most Americans who are already at high-risk of cardiovascular disease have never reached their LDL Safe Zone.

LDL Safe Zone - 70%
LDL Safe Zone - 70%

And even that small number of Americans who reach their LDL Safe Zone don’t stay there for very long. On average people keep their LDL at goal for less than 6 months at a time.

LDL Safe Zone

Take action now to get your LDL cholesterol to the Safe Zone and save yourself from a heart attack or stroke.

Our experts at the Family Heart Foundation Care Navigation Center are ready to help you, no matter where you are on your journey.

The Family Heart Foundation gratefully acknowledges our Family Heart Campaign Partner Sponsors, Amgen and Regeneron.
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