Cholesterol

Heart Disease is the UK's biggest killer. Approximately 300,000 people have a heart attack each year yet most people are unaware of how big their risk really is. Along with improved diet and exercise, cholesterol lowering medicines called statins, are an important tool in the fight against this epidemic.

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Crestor (rosuvastatin)

What is it?

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a type of medicine known as a 'statin'. It is used to treat high cholesterol and to prevent cardiovascular disease. Crestor lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol (up to 52%) and raises HDL (good) cholesterol (up to 14%). It's also been proven to slow the progression of atherosclerosis.

How does it work?

Crestor works by blocking an enzyme in the liver, thus limiting cholesterol production and lowering the amount of total cholesterol that ends up in the bloodstream.

Main points to consider

  • Crestor has been shown to reduce heart attacks and save lives, even in people whose cholesterol is not raised.
  • A new international trial has shown that Crestor benefits people with cholesterol levels lower than are currently being treated. Therefore, Crestor can be prescribed irrespective of high cholesterol levels as a preventive measure
  • The dose range for Crestor is 5 - 40 mg orally once daily. Crestor can be administered as a single dose at any time of the day with or without food
  • Most common side effects include; Headache, Muscle pain, Abdominal pain, Weakness, Nausea

For further Information please read the Patient Information Leaflet carefully

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About Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a lipid (fat) manufactured by the liver from the fatty foods that we eat. Cholesterol is vital for the normal functioning of the body. However, high cholesterol causes narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which in turn leads to heart attacks and strokes.
Symptoms

Too much bad cholesterol (Low-density lipoprotein, LDL) won't cause any symptoms. However, the complications of high cholesterol are very serious and include angina, heart attacks, stroke and frequently death.

Risk factors

There are several factors that may contribute to high cholesterol. These include: diet that is high in saturated fat, family history of heart disease, obesity, excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking, diabetes, age and sex.

Cholesterol and Food

One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that food's packed with cholesterol. In fact, very little cholesterol is found in foods. What's important is the type of fat in the food you choose, especially saturated fat. Once inside the body, the liver turns this fat into cholesterol.

What are healthy levels

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Department of Health cholesterol guidelines, which is the policy doctors follow, are:

  • Total cholesterol - less than 5.0mmol/l
  • LDL cholesterol - less than 3.0mmol/l

However, the Joint British Societies (a group of the main UK expert societies involved in cardiovascular disease) recommend different cholesterol limits for people who have, or are at risk of, coronary heart disease:

  • Total cholesterol - less than 4.0mmol/l
  • LDL cholesterol - less than 2.0mmol/l

These guidelines match the more stringent recommendations used in Europe. NICE is currently reviewing its national policy guidelines.

Further Help and Advice

British Heart Foundation

Heart UK