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Be Heart-Healthy Darien! February is American Heart Month

There’s no better time to take control of your health Darien! 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 Darien 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
Optimus At Inspirica8 Woodland Pl, Stamford203-388-0170 2.5
Health Center120 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk203-899-1770 52
Optimus Fairgate9 Fairgate Dr, Stamford 40
Chc Of Stamford @ Fifth Street22 5th St, Stamford860-347-6971 40
Optimus Harbor Point805 Atlantic St, Stamford203-327-5111 50
Norwalk Smiles At Nathaniel Ely Head Start - Sbhc11 Ingalls Ave, Norwalk203-299-0847www,chc1.com16
Day Street Community Health Center49 Day St, Norwalk203-854-9292www.chc1.com42.5
Franklin Street Community Health Center141 Franklin St, Stamford203-969-0802www.chc1.com46.5
Trailblazers Academy/Domus Charter Schools Sbhc83 Lockwood Ave, Stamford203-324-4277www.chc1.com24
Norwalk Smiles At Ben Franklin - Sbhc165 Flax Hill Rd, Norwalk203-299-0847www.chc1.com24
Mobile Van #1120 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk203-899-1770www.norwalkchc.org20
Optimus Pacific House Shelter597 Pacific St, Stamford203-348-2792www.optimushealthcare.org9
Optimus On The Boulevard1351 Washington Blvd, Stamford203-621-3700www.optimushealthcare.org37

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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