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Wednesday, November 30 2022 - 19:00
Global alliance of heart patient organizations unveils new Global Cholesterol Action Plan to prioritize unhealthy cholesterol as a main public health issue
GALWAY, Ireland, Nov. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

The Global Heart Hub has today launched its Global Cholesterol Action 
Plan[] to reduce the impact of 
unhealthy cholesterol levels . Presented at their annual UNITE Summit , the 
Action Plan follows and builds upon the World Heart Federation's Cholesterol 
Roadmap released in October.

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) accounts for 85% of all 
cardiovascular-related deaths  and is the leading cause of mortality worldwide, 
responsible for more than 15 million deaths each year. A  main risk factor of 
ASCVD is low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C) – also known as 'bad cholesterol'.

While 80% of premature cardiovascular events related to ASCVD are preventable, 
many people with elevated LDL-C levels go undiagnosed until they experience a 
major cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or a stroke. Smoking, 
physical activity and diet are contributory factors to developing 
cardiovascular disease, however almost 40% of the adult population is at risk 
of elevated LDL-C levels due to an inherited genetic condition.

Until now, local action on ASCVD has been limited despite the publication of 
international prevention guidelines.  The Global Heart Hub aims to implement 
change in the way unhealthy cholesterol levels are prevented and managed at 
local levels to reduce ASCVD .

The new Action Plan outlines four clear goals to ensure unhealthy cholesterol 
levels are addressed as a public health priority: build alliances, raise public 
awareness, activate alliances, and improve high cholesterol detection and 

Dr. Shaun Goodman, Associate Head of Cardiology at St. Michael's Hospital in 
Toronto, Canada said: "Improving public understanding of the serious risks of 
unhealthy cholesterol levels related to the development of ASCVD is critical. 
What's also needed to change the trajectory of this growing problem is a 
multi-stakeholder approach that includes governments and policy makers in order 
to implement strategies to improve high cholesterol detection and to support 
the work being done by healthcare professionals."

Neil Johnson, Executive Director of the Global Heart Hub said: " While we've 
advanced with science and treatment, ASCVD remains the world's number one 
killer, with cholesterol as the main culprit. The unveiling of our Global 
Cholesterol Action Plan is the patient communities' collective call for 
governments to optimize policies that target unhealthy cholesterol management 
and prevention to help reduce the tremendous burden of atherosclerotic 
cardiovascular disease on individuals, society, and the healthcare system ."

Global patient community support

Representing the voice of the global patient community, the Action Plan was 
created with the support of Invisible Nation, a program co-created by Global 
Heart Hub and Novartis to expose the realities of ASCVD. The Action Plan has 
been endorsed by patient organizations from across the Americas, Europe and 
Australia including WomenHeart and The Mended Hearts, United States; Heart 
Valve Voice Canada, Heartlife Canada, and Canadian Heart Patient Alliance; 
Instituto Lado a Lado pela Vida, Brazil; Pacientes de Corazón, Mexico; FH 
Europe; Croí, Ireland; Associazione Italiana Scompensati Cardiaci, Italy; and 
Hearts4Heart, Australia.

source: Global Heart Hub