Total Cholesterol levels should be less than 5mmol/L. Levels above this are referred to as hyperlipidaemia. According to NHS research, the main cause is eating fatty foods, not exercising enough, body mass index, smoking and alcohol. In addition, high cholesterol can also run in families.
Too much cholesterol can block your blood vessels, making you more likely to have heart problems or stroke. High cholesterol levels do not cause any symptoms; you can only find out if you have high cholesterol from a blood test.
How To Manage Cholesterol
Each time your cholesterol is checked, your results are individually reviewed by a clinician. We take your cholesterol results and other information we have about your (such as smoking status, BMI, blood pressure readings, family history etc.) and assess your 10 year predicted risk of cardiovascular disease. This is assessed using a national, automatic QRISK calculator. The percentage obtained helps us to decide upon the most appropriate management.
High Cholesterol & Risk Score Less Than 10%
If your cholesterol is high, but your 10 year predicted risk is less than 10%, you will be informed by the practice. You do not require medications to reduce your cholesterol. However, you should consider making lifestyle changes, available by clicking here.
High Cholesterol & Risk Score Greater Than 10%
If your risk is greater than 10% you will be offered an appointment in the Local Lipid Clinic (LLC) group session. You will be offered the opportunity to commence a medication called a statin to reduce your cholesterol.
If your cholesterol results suggest that you may have high cholesterol due to a genetic component (Familial Hyperlipidaemia), you will be offered a telephone appointment in the Local Lipid Clinic (LLC).
Smoking cessation advice remains available here.
British Heart Foundation Resources
Further information regarding cholesterol from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is available here.
Changes in your lifestyle can reduce your cholesterol, irrespective of your risk. Lifestyle changes are always personal to the individual. To explore the potential lifestyle changes you can make, click here.