Heart patients should monitor cholesterol regularly to avoid another heart incident
|Researchers found the risk of a patient having a secondary event or dying decreased in those who had a follow-up LDL test before a subsequent adverse outcome or before the end of their follow-up.|
It is highly essential for heart patients to get their cholesterol levels – low-density
lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol – checked regularly, as it is the main source
of clogging arteries, thus making heart attacks and strokes more likely.
That said, a study has found that following a heart attack or a stroke, those who give their cholesterol checks a miss are significantly more likely to have another serious cardiovascular episode.
The study was conducted on more than 60,000 patients with average age of 66 years old suffering from known heart disease, cerebrovascular disease or peripheral artery disease, and results showed the major adverse clinical event rate was lower in both patients who took cholesterol-lowering drugs and those who didn't if their LDL was measured.
Researchers found the risk of a patient having a secondary event or dying decreased
in those who had a follow-up LDL test before a subsequent adverse outcome or before
the end of their follow-up.
"The large difference is surprising. The risk of dying after three years with no LDL follow-up is 21 percent versus 5.9 percent for patients who have an LDL follow-up",
|"We need to emphasize to doctors how important it is to follow up therapy for patients with measurement of their LDL cholesterol. And patients need to talk to or ask their doctors about the test, especially if they've had a heart attack or stroke"|