Heart patients warned 'high cholesterol can often lead to circulatory disease'

17 May 2012

Many people with high cholesterol could be increasing their risk of suffering from heart problems if they fail to take medication to treat their condition.

This is the warning of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), after the health organisation carried out a new survey which found that many heart patients are ignoring medical guidance.

In fact, more than a third of people being treated for high cholesterol admitted to not taking medication for their condition when questioned as part of the study.

This is in spite of high cholesterol levels tripling the risk of someone suffering a heart attack, an issue Dr Mike Knapton, the BHF's associate medical director, was keen to highlight.

"Having high cholesterol or high blood pressure are major risk factors for developing heart and circulatory disease, which is still the UK's biggest killer, yet we found people with these conditions were often oblivious to the link," he noted.

Dr Knapton added that patients should take vital heart medicines assigned to them on a daily basis, even if they do not feel under the weather.

When it comes to battling against high blood pressure, the World Heart Federation recently stated that taking part in regular exercise can make all the difference.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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