Be Heart-Healthy FCBuzz! February is American Heart Month

There’s no better time to take control of your health FCBuzz! 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 FCBuzz 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
Hollow Community Health Center82 George St, Bridgeport203-576-3881www.optimushealthcare.org45
Park City Primary Care64 Black Rock Ave, Bridgeport203-579-5000www.optimushealthcare.org50
Southwest Community Hlth Ctr,Inc1046 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport203-330-6054www.swchc.org48
Southwest Community Hlth Ctr, Inc743 South Ave, Bridgeport203-330-6000www.swchc.org35
Southwest Community Hlth Ctr, Inc46 Albion St, Bridgeport203-332-3500www.swchc.org47
Casa Recovery1124 Iranistan Ave, Bridgeport203-336-4745www.swchc.org4
Operation Hope50 Nichols Ave, Fairfield203-254-2935www.swchc.org4
Prospect House392 Prospect St, Bridgeport203-576-9041www.swchc.org4
Harrison Apartments651 State St, Bridgeport203-579-7612www.swchc.org4
Southwest Community Hlth Ctr, Inc968 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport203-332-3500www.swchc.org45
Southwest Community Hlth Ctr,Inc510 Clinton Ave, Bridgeport203-366-4000www.swchc.org40
Bassick High School, School Based Health Clinic1181 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport203-576-7995www.swchc.org35
Central High School, School Based Health Center1 Lincoln Blvd, Bridgeport203-576-7371www.swchc.org35

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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