2009-07-31 / Top Stories

SJEH Hosts Cholesterol Awareness Seminar

St. John's Episcopal Hospital will host "Ask Your Doctor Day" on August 13. St. John's Episcopal Hospital will host "Ask Your Doctor Day" on August 13. Increasingly, people are becoming more at risk for heart disease due to high cholesterol, says a spokesperson for St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway.

The importance of keeping your cholesterol level under control is often not emphasized enough, she says.

Cholesterol is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. Some of the cholesterol we need is produced naturally (and can be affected by your family health history), while some of it comes from the food we eat.

Even though cholesterol naturally increases with age, high cholesterol can be caused by a high fat diet, little to no exercise, high alcohol intake, cigarette smoking, and/or under active thyroid glands, also known as, hypothyroidism. According to the National Institute of Health Sciences, when there is too much cholesterol in your bloodstream, the excess may be deposited in arteries, including the coronary (heart) arteries, where it contributes to the narrowing and blockages that cause the signs and symptoms of heart disease.

On Thursday, August 13, St. John's Episcopal Hospital will host a seminar called "Ask the Doctor Day," at which Dr. Eduardo Javier will be speaking and answering questions from the community about high cholesterol and how to prevent it.

Knowing your cholesterol level is just the first step in prevention and treatment. It is important to speak to your doctor about high cholesterol and St. John's urges you to seek cholesterol screenings routinely.

This program is hosted by the Internal Medicine Practice, which is conveniently open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. To make an appointment please call: 718-869-7672. Most insurance's are accepted.

"Ask Your Doctor Day" on Thursday, August 13 at 5 p.m. will be held in the Ambulatory Care Center Waiting Area located on 327 Beach 19 Street, Far Rockaway, NY, 11691. For more information about "Ask the Doctor Day" please call 718-869-7750.

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