Heart Attack Survivors Are Taking Steps To Reduce Their Cardiovascular Risk. But Are They The Right Ones?
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Globally, patients who have had a heart attack or stroke have a 1 in 3 risk of having another CV event.1 Lipids, such as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), or "bad" cholesterol, are one of the most important risk factors for heart attack.2,3
The survey's findings show that while heart attack survivors are proactively trying to improve their cardiovascular health, they may not fully understand the importance of lowering high LDL-C to reduce their risk of another heart attack:
- 97% of heart attack survivors surveyed say they are taking at least one key action to try to lower their risk, and 75% have talked to their doctor about the risk of another event.4
- However, confusion remains when it comes to lowering cholesterol. One-third do not know what their cholesterol levels should be and 44% are not monitoring their cholesterol regularly; only one in five heart attack survivors who have been told they have high cholesterol consider it to be a leading risk factor for another event.4
"The vast majority of heart attack survivors are taking some action to lower their risk of another event, but the issue is that most are not monitoring or managing all modifiable risk factors," said
Key survey findings – which included over 3,200 people in
- 63% of surveyed patients do not believe high cholesterol is a chronic condition requiring long-term care, and 24% of survivors say their doctor has not discussed the role of cholesterol in heart attacks.4
- Fewer women who have survived a heart attack know their cholesterol levels and what their target levels should be than men who have survived a heart attack.4
- In addition, while younger survivors (aged 40-49) are more concerned about cardiovascular disease (CVD) than their older peers, fewer understood that it is a chronic condition requiring long-term management and care.4
World Heart Day, organized by the
Approximately 8 of 10 very high-risk adults are still unable to attain their LDL-C goal despite lipid-lowering therapy.5 Very high-risk adults have a history of multiple major atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events or one major event and multiple high-risk conditions. Professional cardiology societies around the world now recognize that lower cholesterol reduces the risk of another CV event, which is reflected in updated treatment guidelines for high-risk patients.6
"This World Heart Day, we want people to make a promise to themselves to look after their hearts," said Jean-Luc Eiselé, CEO,
About the Survey
The research was commissioned by
About World Heart Day and the
World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the
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