A new survey displays, Americans who experience high cholesterol are well aware of the dangerous effects it can have on the body, though majority lack the knowledge or confidence to keep it under wraps. High cholesterol is a risk for things such as strokes and heart diseases, causing roughly 2.6 million deaths in the US yearly. The survey included approximately 800 people nationwide with either a history of heart disease or at least one major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol.
Results showed that 47% of the respondents had not had their cholesterol checked in the last year. Next, 82% of the participants understood there was a connection between cholesterol and risk for diseases, and majority of those with high cholesterol knew it was vital to keep their cholesterol under wraps. The report showed that most of them were discouraged and unsure about their ability to do so.
"Research suggests even modestly elevated cholesterol levels can lead to heart disease later in life, but these survey results show an alarming lack of communication between health care providers and those most at risk for cardiovascular disease," stated Dr. Mary Ann Bauman, a member of the American Heart Association's cholesterol advisory group.
"Current guidelines call for lifestyle modifications as a first-line treatment, but that's often not enough. We also need to talk to patients about other risk factors, including genetics and family history, to determine the most effective course of treatment for each individual," she continued in a heart association news release.