Statins are a "safe, effective, cholesterol-lowering drug" and are proven to lower the risk of heart disease, according to the British Heart Foundation.
People with high cholesterol are at significantly greater risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. That’s why it’s vital to reduce your cholesterol levels either through medication or lifestyle changes.
NICE has taken the sensible decision to reconsider the threshold for who should be prescribed statins.
However, looking at someone’s risk of heart disease in the next ten years is too short a time frame. We should be taking a more holistic approach by looking at a person’s risk over their whole lifetime as recently recommended by leading cardiovascular organisations.
In the meantime, it is important that anyone who has already been prescribed statins continues to take them as advised by their doctor to help maintain a healthy heart.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) found the amount of people living with a faulty gene which put them at risk of developing heart disease or dying suddenly was much high higher than the previous estimate of 380,000.
The charity said that despite advancements in research, many faulty genes still remain undiscovered.
More than a third of people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat healthily due to high food prices, a charity has warned.
A survey by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) suggests that two thirds of people in the UK would like to eat more healthily, but 42% said they cannot because it is too expensive.
Soaring food prices have seen grocery bills rise almost twice as fast as rent in the last five years, the BHF said, leaving nearly 40% of people admitting they have to sacrifice healthiness for cost when it comes to groceries.
Coroners could help save the lives of hundreds of people by telling bereaved family members to get themselves screened for inherited heart conditions, a charity has said.
New guidance which calls on coroners in England and Wales to recommend that family members of those who die of genetic heart conditions get themselves a check-up could "save hundreds of lives", the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said.
The heart charity said a death in the family can sometimes be the first time people find out about an inherited ailment, yet even after such deaths family members do not always get themselves screened.
It said that every year in the UK around 600 people under the age of 35 die suddenly, with no apparent explanation or cause, and many of these deaths are due to an inherited heart condition.
Checking your pulse is a simple way of seeing if you are at risk of a heart condition that could lead to strokes, the chief executive of the British Heart Foundation has said, after new research revealed that more than a million people had been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
Simon Gillespie said:
The real danger with atrial fibrillation is that some people don't realise they have it. You can be going about your daily routine oblivious to the fact you're five times more likely to have a devastating stroke.
[Only] through research can we tackle this dangerous disorder and prevent its devastating consequences.
More needs to be done to battle heart defects at birth and prevent babies from dying young, a health charity has said.
The BHF has launched a campaign to raise awareness for the 70,000 children living in the UK with heart defects.
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF explained:
The fact 70,000 children are living with heart defects shows that heart disease is not just a problem for adults.
Our research is beginning to unravel how some of these defects occur. But there's still a long way to go. Families need our support in other ways too, to help them understand and come to terms with what's happening to their child.
– Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF