Cholesterol 'is biggest risk for cardiac disease'

1 December 2011

Cholesterol is the biggest risk factor for coronary artery disease, according to one expert organisation.

HEART UK, the cholesterol charity, has revealed that although some risk factors for cardiac problems - such as age and family history - cannot be altered, levels of cholesterol can be easily monitored by patients and doctors.

Linda Main, registered dietician and nutritionist at the charity, said: "A person is more likely to get coronary heart disease if they have a high blood cholesterol level, smoke any form of tobacco, have high blood pressure."

She added that cholesterol levels can be affected by what a person eats and how much physical activity they get.

According to figures published last month by Information Services Division Scotland, the age-standardised death rate for under 75s for coronary heart disease has fallen in line with healthcare targets.

The rate has dropped from 124.6 per 100,000 patients in 1995 to 49 per 100,000 in 2010 - totalling a reduction of 60.7 per cent in 15 years.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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