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:
|Name||Location||Phone||Website||Hours Per Week|
|Hollow Community Health Center||82 George St, Bridgeport||203-576-3881||www.optimushealthcare.org||45|
|Park City Primary Care||64 Black Rock Ave, Bridgeport||203-579-5000||www.optimushealthcare.org||50|
|Southwest Community Hlth Ctr,Inc||1046 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport||203-330-6054||www.swchc.org||48|
|Southwest Community Hlth Ctr, Inc||743 South Ave, Bridgeport||203-330-6000||www.swchc.org||35|
|Southwest Community Hlth Ctr, Inc||46 Albion St, Bridgeport||203-332-3500||www.swchc.org||47|
|Casa Recovery||1124 Iranistan Ave, Bridgeport||203-336-4745||www.swchc.org||4|
|Operation Hope||50 Nichols Ave, Fairfield||203-254-2935||www.swchc.org||4|
|Prospect House||392 Prospect St, Bridgeport||203-576-9041||www.swchc.org||4|
|Harrison Apartments||651 State St, Bridgeport||203-579-7612||www.swchc.org||4|
|Southwest Community Hlth Ctr, Inc||968 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport||203-332-3500||www.swchc.org||45|
|Southwest Community Hlth Ctr,Inc||510 Clinton Ave, Bridgeport||203-366-4000||www.swchc.org||40|
|Bassick High School, School Based Health Clinic||1181 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport||203-576-7995||www.swchc.org||35|
|Central High School, School Based Health Center||1 Lincoln Blvd, Bridgeport||203-576-7371||www.swchc.org||35|
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.