Why Your Cholesterol Counts


The first results from the survey Cholesterol Counts reveal how much Americans know about their individual cholesterol numbers and the risks associated with high LDL-C (bad cholesterol).
Turns out, approximately 71 million Americans have high levels of LDL-C and many remain at risk for heart attacks and strokes.

This is despite management with diet and medications.


Cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and strokes, are the leading cause of death in the U.S.


Cholesterol Counts is a collaboration between Sanofi US and Regeneron and leading patient and professional cardiovascular organizations Foundation of the National Lipid Association (FNLA), Mended Hearts and Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) to gauge how much Americans know about cholesterol.


Dr. Ralph Vicari and Michele Packard-Milam, discuss the state of cholesterol awareness in the U.S., gaps that exist in knowledge and what every American needs to know about controlling high cholesterol and in particular LDL-C (bad cholesterol).


Michele is executive director of Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts. Mended Hearts is the largest peer-to-peer heart patient support organization in the world, making more than 215,000 visits to patients each year


They also provide information on where patients and their families can find information and resources.

c13Produced for Sanofi US and Regeneron. 




Ralph Vicari, MD has been a practicing Cardiovascular Disease specialist for 30 years in Melbourne, FL. He is certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Vicari is affiliated with the Orlando VA Medical Center and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. He has participated in over 200 studies in cardiovascular disease. He was awarded the Southeast Lipid Association President’s Award in 2013 for community service education.

Dr. Vicari received his medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed an internal medicine residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine, as well as a cardiology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.



Michele Packard-Milam, CAE is executive director of Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts. Mended Hearts is the largest peer-to-peer heart patient support organization in the world, making more than 215,000 visits to patients each year; Mended Little Hearts empowers families affected by congenital heart disease with support and education.

A Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2006, Packard-Milam was previously executive director of Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association and held long tenures with Promotional Products Association International, the American Heart Association and Sara Lee. Packard-Milam brings broad experience in many areas of association and business development, including strategic planning, knowledge-based governance, corporate development, licensing, brand management, advertising and website strategy. She resides in Dallas with her husband of 34 years, three children (26, 23 and 17) and numerous flora and fauna.


For more information about the program or to take the Cholesterol Counts Poll to get counted, visit www.CholesterolCounts.com.

Click here for interview with cardiovascular disease specialist, Dr. Ralph Vicari discussing the state of cholesterol awareness in the U.S.  http://bcove.me/vcodeqx4





MARIA DORFNER is the founder of NewsMD Communications, LLC and Healthy Within Network (HWN).  This is her blog.  It attracts a wide audience from around the world.

Have a hot medical/health/wellness/fitness story idea or tip?  Or for Advertising or Sponsorship rates:

CONTACT: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com