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For Your Heart's Sake

This information provides a general overview on this topic and may not apply to everyone. The information is NOT a substitute for you visiting your doctor. However, as Medical Science is constantly changing and human error is always possible, the authors, editors, and publisher of this information do not warrant the accuracy or completeness of this information nor are they responsible for omissions or errors as a result of using this information.

Lowering Your Cholesterol
The United Kingdom has one of the highest levels of heart disease in the world, claiming around 150,000 lives each year at an estimated total cost in excess of 10 billion.

Cholesterol has been shown to be an important cause of coronary heart disease (CHD). But if high cholesterol is treated, it can reduce the risk of developing the disease. You can lower your cholesterol by diet, and although sometimes medication is necessary, your doctor will advise you if additional individual treatment is required.

You should never assume that solely a lowered cholesterol will reduce your risk of coronary heart trouble other risk factors (if present) must be taken into account. Some of these factors are beyond your control - your age, gender and family history - but the others that you can and should aim to control are:
  • Blood pressure - have this checked at least once every two years and more frequently as you grow older
  • Weight - aim to achieve the right weight for your height
  • Diet - enjoy a healthy diet, which can help to reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and weight
  • Smoking - avoid smoking
  • Alcohol - drink with sense and in moderation
  • Exercise - take regular exercise, aiming for physical fitness
  • Stress - learn to relax and manage the stresses in your everyday live.
Eating healthily is an important step we can all take to reducing our risk of heart disease. A healthy diet can help lower blood cholesterol, blood pressure and control weight. A few simple changes can make a big difference.
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