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Setting up for Success

Trying to bring down your cholesterol levels isn’t only a job for your healthcare professional. Learn how you can play a part in reaching your cholesterol targets.

See how a low cholesterol diet and exercise can help reduce high LDL cholesterol

Lowering your LDL-C, or bad cholesterol, is important to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. In the UK, around 50% of people have cholesterol levels above that recommended for a healthy heart.1 It is important that if you are diagnosed with high cholesterol levels that you work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that works and that you can stick to so your cholesterol level is reduced. 

If you have been diagnosed with high levels of LDL-C, you and your doctor will set an individual LDL-C goal and discuss the steps you need to take to reach that target.

Remember there are no obvious signs or symptoms of high cholesterol levels (except in some FH patients) and the first sign could be a cardiovascular event. The only way to be aware of your cholesterol levels is through a blood test. The NHS offers a check of heart health to all adults in England ages 40 – 74 without a pre-existing condition and includes a check for raised cholesterol.2,3 The chart below from the National Health Service (NHS) can help you understand where you are versus where you want to be.


NHS Desirable LDL-C Levels1
<3 mmol/L For healthy adults
<2 mmol/L
For people at high risk (if you have other conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes or have experienced a cardiovascular event that increases your risk)

References:

  1. NHS. High cholesterol – Diagnosis. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cholesterol/Pages/Diagnosis.aspx [Last accessed 27 February 2017]
  2. NHS. What happens at an NHS Health Check? Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/pages/what-happens-at-an-nhs-health-check.aspx[Last accessed 27 February 2017]
  3. NHS. Health Check. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-health-check/Pages/NHS-Health-Check.aspx [Last accessed 27 February 2017]