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Be Heart-Healthy Bethel! February is American Heart Month

There’s no better time to take control of your health Bethel! February is American Heart Month and the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is putting a spotlight on the impact that high blood cholesterol can have on the heart.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

The CDC reminds residents that high blood cholesterol can be hard to detect, as it often shows no signs or symptoms. “Cholesterol should be checked starting early in life—even children and adolescents should have their cholesterol checked,” the CDC says.

Here are some health screening resources for Bethel residents, many of which offer services for free. We recommend you call ahead to assure the center is open and to find out the screenings available:

NameLocationPhoneWebsiteHours Per Week
Danbury City Shelter Wya41 New St, Danbury203-796-1661 8
Greater Danbury Community Health Center, Suite 103/10457 North St, Danbury203-743-0100 51
Danbury Head Start Center37 Foster St, Danbury203-743-3993 4
Gdchc West Street Satelite152 West St, Danbury203-743-0100 42
Community Health Center Of Danbury8 Delay St, Danbury203-969-0802www.chc1.com50
Cifc/Chcgd Mobile Health Unit120 Main St, Danbury203-743-0100www.ct-institute.org1
GDCHC Main Street Satellite. Central Suite70 Main St, Danbury203-743-0100www.ct-institute.org45
Greater Danbury Community Health Center120 Main St, Danbury203-743-0100www.ct-institute.org52

According to the CDC, cholesterol testing should be done:

  • Once between ages 9 and 11 (before puberty)
  • Once between ages 17 and 21 (after puberty)
  • Every 4 to 6 years in adulthood

The CDC invites you to join the DHDSP throughout February and beyond by starting important conversations about your heart health. “Talk with your loved ones and health care team about how you can prevent and manage high blood cholesterol,” they say.

Prior to getting your cholesterol screening, take note of these five questions you should ask your doctor about your cholesterol.

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