CA Access News

September 2010

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What You Need to Know About Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Health

Too much cholesterol in the blood can lead to cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Nearly 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 38 seconds. The good news is, you can lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by taking responsibility for managing your cholesterol levels. Whether you've been prescribed medication or advised to make diet and lifestyle changes to help manage your cholesterol, carefully follow your doctor's recommendations. Read more

Partner Spotlight

Cardiovascular Disease Foundation
Carlsbad, California

Our mission is to improve our community's quality of life by empowering people to improve their own cardiovascular health through education and awareness about risks and treatment for heart attack and stroke in children and adults.

The Cardiovascular Disease Foundation was established in 2002 by concerned members of the community in order to help people benefit from the great strides made in the treatment, detection and prevention of cardiac and vascular diseases. Our vision is to be a leading resource for education and information on the latest research and treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention and diagnosis. Our programs and services teach people of all ages, including children, teenagers and adults, how to prevent and recognize cardiovascular disease and its many risk factors. For more information, please contact Executive Director Malinda Engerer at (760) 730-1471.

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September 16, 2010
Advocacy Training: How to Effectively Communicate with Policymakers and the Media
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
The Bourns Boardroom
3985 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
Please RSVP to Arlen at (323) 466-3445 or

September 23, 2010
Advocacy Training: How to Effectively Communicate with Policymakers and the Media
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
2400 Moorpark Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 210
San Jose, CA 95128
Please RSVP to Maria at (916) 658-0144 or

Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Amy Wall at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Amy Wall at

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

CPAT Partner News

Sixth Annual Healthy Heritage Conference
Black Voice News, August 5, 2010
Preventing and managing diabetes by knowing the diabetic symptoms and how to choose healthy behaviors is the focus of the sixth annual Healthy Heritage Wellness Conference August 14, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at California Baptist University in Riverside. "The Healthy Heritage Movement's mission is to eliminate health disparities in the Black community by providing cultural relevant resources, peer navigation, and advocacy training," said conference founder and organizer Phyllis Clark.


Disparities in Cardiovascular Risk Based More on Socioeconomic Status than Race, Ethnicity
San Fernando Valley Sun, August 26, 2010
A new UCLA study suggests that disparities in cardiovascular disease risk in the United States are due less to race or ethnicity than to socioeconomic status. In the study, published in the August issue of the journal Annals of Epidemiology, researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and colleagues found that there are large differences in risk by socioeconomic status within racial and ethnic groups - with the poorest individuals having the highest risk - but that there are few differences in risk between racial and ethnic groups.

Study Suggests Statins Could Help Some with Normal Cholesterol
KFMB - 760 AM San Diego, August 25, 2010
Cholesterol-lowering statins could go a long way toward protecting against heart disease among patients who are deemed to have an "intermediate risk" for cardiovascular trouble, a new study suggests. The finding specifically applies to those men and women who, despite having normal cholesterol levels, have high levels of a protein linked to inflammation (the so-called high sensitivity C-reactive protein, or "hsCRP"), and bear a 5 percent to 20 percent risk for developing heart disease within 10 years.

Adding fish oil to low-fat/high-carb diet may improve cholesterol
Fox 11 Santa Barbara, August 20, 2010
For people with the metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats or triglycerides and high blood sugar -- adding a little fish oil to a diet low in saturated fats and high in complex carbohydrates might be just the ticket, a new study suggests. "When you add omega-3 to a high carbohydrate, low-fat diet, you can prevent the long-term adverse effect that a high-carbohydrate diet induces on [blood fats]," said study author Dr. Jose Lopez-Miranda, a professor of medicine at the Reina Sofia University Hospital and the University of Cordoba, Spain.

Choosing Healthier Protein-Rich Foods Instead of Red and Processed Meats May Reduce Heart Disease
Science Daily, August 18, 2010
Eating more fresh red meat, processed red meat and high-fat dairy carried an increased risk of heart disease in the study. Women who had two servings per day of red meat compared to those who had half a serving per day had a 30 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Interesting Information

Cholesterol Facts

Having high cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. People of all ages and backgrounds can get high cholesterol. Here are more facts and figures detailing America's cholesterol burden.

  • Approximately one in every six adults -- 16.3% of the U.S. adult population -- has high total cholesterol. The level defined as high total cholesterol is 240 mg/dL and above.
  • People with high total cholesterol have approximately twice the risk of heart disease as people with optimal levels. A desirable level is lower than 200 mg/dL.
  • For adult Americans, the average level is about 200 mg/dL, which is borderline high risk.
  • More women than men have high cholesterol in the United States.

More cholesterol facts


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