Updated 13 February 2013

Cholesterol out of control in South Africa

Despite being on cholesterol-lowering medication, 48% of patients do not reach their healthy low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels, a new SA study has shown.

The South African Heart Foundation estimates that 195 South Africans die every day because of some form of heart disease. “Cardiovascular disease (CVD), of which coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common, is the leading cause of death in middle-aged and older adults. Elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels are strongly linked with CHD risk,” says Prof. Derick Raal, Head of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Division at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.

The primary goal of the study was to determine the percentage of patients who achieved the LDL-C goals according to available guidelines. Despite the widespread awareness of the guidelines, the results of the survey indicate that the control of hypercholesterolaemia, or high cholesterol, is not as good as it should be.

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