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Heart month is coming up, bringing into focus the importance of creating heart-healthy habits. There’s good reason to prioritize taking care of your heart health this February; in the U.S., approximately 30 million people have been diagnosed with the most common type of heart disease – atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).
ASCVD is a type of heart disease caused by consistent high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL-C) in the blood that leads to the buildup of plaque on the walls of the arteries. The plaque buildup results in problems such as heart attack and stroke. For people with ASCVD, also referred to as “known heart disease,” it’s important to lower bad cholesterol.
At the same time, many ASCVD patients struggle to lower their bad cholesterol, no matter how hard they try. For people with high cholesterol, it can be challenging to follow a strict diet, exercise and medication routine, when faced with the realities of day-to-day life.
And even when taking statins, the most commonly prescribed treatment for lowering cholesterol, up to 80% of patients with ASCVD aren’t meeting their cholesterol target. Furthermore, up to two-thirds of patients stop taking statins within one year of starting treatment.
There have been recent options available in treating the millions of patients with ASCVD who are not getting their cholesterol low enough and keeping it low. Seth J. Baum, MD, cardiologist and Chief Medical Officer of Excel Medical Clinical Trials, will be available to discuss ways to keep your heart healthy and a new available treatment option.
Interview courtesy: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
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