High cholesterol and its link to heart failure

October is National Cholesterol Month and HEART UK is determined to make one million people more aware of cholesterol using the power of social media. At Spirit Digital, our mission is to help people lead happier, healthier lives and we’re supporting the cause.

Although we need cholesterol in our body to stay healthy, high amounts of cholesterol in the blood can lead to major health problems, such as strokes and heart attacks.

Every five minutes, someone in the UK has a heart attack.[1]

Since high cholesterol can be caused by both lifestyle and genetics, it can affect people of all ages, sizes and lifestyles[2].

According to Public Health England, six out of ten adults in England have unhealthy levels of cholesterol and most are unaware of it[3].

Cholesterol awareness resources

We highly recommend visiting HEART UK’s website to see their extensive list of resources including exercise programmes, quizzes and information on testing.

High cholesterol and heart failure

Without proper medication or changes in lifestyle, there is a high risk that an individual living with high cholesterol will develop heart disease which can lead to heart failure.

With no cure, heart failure is a long-term condition that tends to worsen over time. However, the symptoms can be controlled over many years to protect the patient’s quality of life[4].

Remote monitoring patients with heart failure

Heart failure is one of the patient pathways provided by our remote monitoring platform CliniTouch Vie. The programme empowers heart failure patients to mange their condition at home, and provides peace of mind that clinicians are monitoring their well-being and vital signs on a regular basis.

CliniTouch Vie also provides patient education to help users better understand their condition and how to manage it, reducing the risk of an emergency hospital admission. 

Find out more about CliniTouch Vie here – https://www.spirit-digital.co.uk/heart-failure/

Ref: DIG3450OCT20

[1] https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/medical/focus-on-heart-attacks

[2] https://www.heartuk.org.uk/national-cholesterol-month/2020

[3] https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2015/10/12/high-cholesterol-beating-the-build-up-during-cholesterol-month/#:~:text=Six%20out%20of%20ten%20adults,risk%20of%20serious%20health%20conditions.

[4] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heart-failure/