Wednesday, 12 November 2008 09:18
The Joint British Societies also issue cholesterol recommendations, but only for individuals at high cardiovascular risk. This includes anyone with one or more of the following:
- Atheroscleriotic disease such as:
- Coronary heart disease (CHD)
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- Diabetes mellitus
- Cardiovascular disease risk of 20% or higher over 10 years (can be determined by a risk calculator).
The latest set of guidelines released in 2005 recommend a total cholesterol level of less than 4.0 mmol/L (156 mg/dL) and LDL cholesterol of less than 2.0 mmol/L (78 mg/dL).
These figures are lower than the 1998 guidelines, when total cholesterol of less than 5.0 mmol/L (195 mg/dL) and LDL cholesterol of less than 3.0 mmol/L (117 mg/dL) was recommended.
Triglyceride targets are not explicitly set, although triglyceride levels greater than 1.7 mmol/L (150 mg/mL) are considered high.
The Joint British Societies, including the British Cardiac Society, British Hypertension Society, Diabetes UK, HEART UK, Primary Care Cardiovascular Society, and The Stroke Association, have published their guidelines here (free registration required).
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