You can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease:
Reduce Your Risk - Achieve Healthy Blood Cholesterol
If you have high blood cholesterol or high blood triglyercide levels,
you are more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke. You are at a
higher risk for unhealthy blood lipid levels and heart disease if someone
in your immediate family (parent, brother or sister) has high blood
cholesterol and/or blood triglyceride.
Looking for more information?
Programs and Services in the Calgary Area
- Free Blood Cholesterol Screening
Have your blood cholesterol checked by trained staff at selected fire
stations in Calgary. If you are 20 years of age or older you can participate
in this free, drop-in program. For information on the dates, times and
locations of the next "Cholesterol Days" , contact the Calgary
Fire Department at (403) 287-4257.
- Lifestyle Classes
Attend one of the lifestyle
classes for people who have high blood cholesterol levels or high
blood pressure. For more information call: (403) 943-2665, or to register
call: (403) 943-2660
- Grocery Shopping Tours
Attend one of the grocery shopping tours led by a Registered Dietitian
from the Calgary Health Region Diabetes, Hypertension & Cholesterol
Centre. Call (403) 943-2665 to register or for more information.
- Heart Healthy Eating Class
Attend a Heart Healthy Eating class offered by the outpatient dietitians
at the Peter Lougheed Centre and the Rockyview Hospital. The class is
designed for people with heart disease and/or elevated blood cholesterol
and triglyceride levels. Call (403) 943-2673 to register or (403) 943-2665
for more information.
- Talk to Your Health Professional
Talk to your family doctor or dietitian and work with them to assess
your blood lipid levels and develop a healthy eating plan.
Don't have a Family Doctor?
If you don't have a family doctor, call (403) 943-LINK(5465) or check
out the online
list of Doctors who are accepting new patients in the Calgary Health
- Calgary Health Link
Call the Health Link at (403) 943-LINK (5465) for information and resources
on heart healthy eating and for a listing of how to access Registered
Dietitians in the Calgary area.
- Locate Community Health Resources in the Calgary Region
Visit Inform Alberta.
The site contains general info about community, health, social, and
government services across the province. Once at the Web site, enter
nutrition into the search area. The City of Calgary Information Centre
at (403) 268-CITY (2489) can also provide you this information.
- Locate a Registered Dietitian
Visit the Dietitians
of Canada Web site to locate a Registered Dietitian in your area.
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You Can Do page
Know your numbers. Know your risk. If you have not had your cholesterol
tested in the last year, visit a designated Calgary fire station for a
free cholesterol screening. Help the Calgary Fire Department prevent one
of the leading causes of medical calls it responds to each year.