KNOW YOUR NUMBERS

High LDL cholesterol levels contribute to the risk of another heart attack3

There are two types of cholesterol:

Too much LDL cholesterol can accumulate in your blood vessels creating blockages that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. It is essential to lower LDL cholesterol levels as much as possible to reduce the chance of another cardiovascular event.

The first step in knowing your numbers is to work with your GP to get them checked. A simple blood test will determine your:

HDL cholesterol

Total cholesterol

LDL cholesterol

Triglycerides

Discuss the results with your GP and have your LDL cholesterol levels monitored regularly

International guidelines recommend an LDL cholesterol target of less than 1.4mmol/L to reduce the risk of another heart attack4,5

TREAT YOUR RISK

500,000 Australians have LDL cholesterol levels higher than the recommended targets6

Many people who have had a heart attack or stroke will have higher than normal levels of LDL cholesterol. A change in your diet alone may not be enough to lower your cholesterol levels. Fortunately, LDL cholesterol is straightforward to treat with medication.

Options for treating high LDL cholesterol include:

Statins

These medicines remove LDL cholesterol from the blood and stop the body from producing more.

Ezetimibe

This medicine works by partially blocking the absorption of cholesterol so less cholesterol enters your blood.

PCSK9 Inhibitors

These medicines enhance your body’s ability to break down LDL cholesterol.

You may need to take two or three medications to reduce the risk of another cardiovascular event.

Take your medication as prescribed to help prevent another cardiovascular event