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Monday, August 15, 2016, 18:10

Borderline high cholesterol sufferers urged to seek treatment

By Willa Wu

HONG KONG – Residents with cholesterol level reaching the borderline of 5.2 to 6.2 mmol/L should seek medical treatments even without significant symptoms, a cardiology specialist urged on Monday.

Speaking at a press conference held by local patient group Care for Your Heart, cardiology specialist Leung Tat-chi said the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases will be reduced by 40 percent if preventive treatments are performed for patients with borderline high cholesterol level.

A simple 1 mmol/L reduction in cholesterol level will lead to a 20 percent drop in risk of getting cardiovascular diseases, added Leung.

A study by the Department of Health showed that over 30 percent of people in the city suffer from cholesterol level at the borderline, risking further development into cardiovascular diseases, a major part of the city’s third-biggest killer heart disease in 2015, as it was responsible for 84.3 deaths per 100,000 of the population.

He noted that since patients who have borderline high cholesterol level will not tend to develop any significant symptoms, they tend to ignore the results, resulting in delayed treatments. “When such patients have certain symptoms, like stroke or heart failure, their cardiovascular has already undergone severe destruction, making it difficult to cure increases,” said Leung.

Also presenting at the conference, professor Lawrence A. Leiter from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto said preventive treatments to control cholesterol level were considered the key to protecting the heart.

Leiter cited research published in April this year. In a study of over 12,705 patients, the researchers proved that preventive treatments on patients with borderline high cholesterol level decrease the risk of fatal or nonfatal stroke for 44 percent, fatal or nonfatal myocardial infarction for 45 percent and heart failure for 45 percent.

Mui Cheuk-nang, chairperson of Care for Your Heart, urged the public not to underestimate cholesterol as it was the “evil” behind heart diseases. He suggested people consult doctors for timely treatments when suffering from borderline high cholesterol level or above and have lower-sugar, lower-salt, lower-oil and higher-fiber diet.

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