New Film Documents Heart Felt Stories of People Living with High LDL Cholesterol
"I have always been creatively inspired by the power of human emotions, and directing this film allowed me to reveal the very real, personal stories behind the fight against high bad cholesterol," says Wade. "Cholesterol is one of those words that comes up in health conversations, but how many people really understand why it matters? I wanted to help others see what living with high bad cholesterol really means for patients and the healthcare providers, family and friends who may be caring for them."
The film chronicles 19 real-life stories of managing high LDL-C (bad cholesterol) from the perspectives of patients, caregivers and healthcare providers from three different continents, five countries, and nine cities.
"When the doctor first told me what my cholesterol was, I immediately thought back to when my mom was in the hospital 25 years ago," Sarfaty says. "My mother's a strong woman and she usually takes everything in stride, but there was terror on her face when she was being wheeled into surgery to have a triple bypass. I remember thinking she could be gone in an hour. Fortunately, she was fine. But, my diagnosis made me worry that I might not be so lucky."
Despite the availability of current therapies, approximately 11 million Americans still face great challenges in achieving their optimal LDL-C level.2
"High bad cholesterol is one of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, the leading cause of death in the U.S.,"3 says
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