What can be done?
What can be done?

If your cholesterol level is high, you can start to lower it by eating a healthy diet or being more active. Some people may also need to take a medicine called a statin.

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High Cholesterol Levels & Health

About half of all heart attacks are caused by raised cholesterol. Cholesterol levels also increase the risk of stroke, angina and other circulatory diseases.

How can cholesterol cause a heart attack?

  • Excess blood cholesterol can become stuck in the linings of our arteries.
  • Over time the artery narrows. This process is called atherosclerosis.
  • Being a smoker or having high blood pressure can speed up the development of atherosclerosis.
  • A heart attack happens when one of the three arteries, that feed the heart muscle, become completely blocked.
  • If the blockage is not removed a part of the heart can die.

Help from HEART UK - the Cholesterol Charity

At HEART UK we're passionate about preventing premature deaths caused by high cholesterol.  In this section of our website, you will find further information on:

We also provide a Cholesterol Helpline, where you can contact our specialist cardiac nurses and dieticians about any concerns regarding high cholesterol.

The silent killer

Most people don’t know they have raised cholesterol. There are no clear symptoms. For some, the first sign might be a heart attack.

Who is at risk?

Six out of every ten people in the UK have raised or abnormal levels of blood cholesterol.

Cholesterol increases as you get older. It can also increase if you;

  • eat too much saturated fat
  • gain too much weight
  • are not very active

Some people have high cholesterol because they have inheritied this trait from a parent.

Clogged artery animation

Excess blood cholesterol becomes stuck in the linings of an artery, eventually the artery narrows.