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New blood cholesterol targets set to help prevent heart attacks

2 August 2012 - 11:53am
Written by: 
Jethro Still

The National Heart Foundation of Australia has set new blood cholesterol targets to help prevent further heart attacks for the estimated 300,000 Australians who have had a heart attack.

Clinical issues director at the Heart Foundation, Dr Robert Grenfell, commented that the new target was specifically for those who had already suffered from a heart attack and are at a high risk of it happening again.

"The new cholesterol targets will impact the way doctors treat the hundreds of
thousands of Australians who have had a heart attack," Dr Grenfell said.

"Although these new targets are for people who have had a heart attack it’s important
for all Australians to keep their cholesterol levels low to help prevent the risk of heart
disease, the number one killer of Australians," Dr Grenfell said.

The LDL or bad cholesterol target for people with heart disease has been lowered by the Heart Foundation from 2.0 mmol/L to 1.8 mmol/L.

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