Cardiovascular Health and Cholesterol
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and other circulatory diseases, is the most common cause of death in Ireland. Cardiovascular disease – what are the risks? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 80% of premature CHD and stroke could be prevented by positive lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, regular exercise and abstinence from smoking. 6,7 People at high risk as a result of the presence of one or more risk factors, need early detection and appropriate management Risk factors can be categorised into unmodifiable (factors that cannot be addressed), and modifiable (where changes can be made to decrease risk). 8 Modifiable risk factors can be further divided into behavioural and metabolic risk factors.