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Heart Health: Interview With Cholesterol Counts Specialist Dr. Ralph Vicari


February is Heart Health Month, and the first results the survey Cholesterol Counts have been unveiled, revealing how much Americans know about cholesterol, their individual cholesterol numbers, and the risks associated with high LDL-C (bad cholesterol).

During a recent phone interview, Cardiovascular Disease specialist Dr. Ralph Vicari and Michele Packard-Milam of Mended Hearts shared with me 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).



Remember that February is Heart Health Month, which means it’s the perfect time to learn more about your cholesterol numbers, and the risks associated with high LDL-C (or bad cholesterol) in order to get heart-healthy and remain that way for years to come!

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

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heart health month 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.




iodfhsopiMichele 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.


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I am proud to be a Go Red Blogger Ambassador for the American Heart Association, using social media to drive awareness of the fight against heart disease in women in order to live healthier, stronger and longer lives.

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