Cardiac Risk & Cholesterol

Cardiac Risk Guide

Thank you for asking about your cardiac risk. This is can be  a complicated concept to explain and you may want to have a look at some information online before deciding what you would like to do about your personal cardiac risk.

There are particular websites which use a kind of ready-reckoner to work out what your risks of developing a particular condition are. The qintervention website will ask you to put in your cholesterol , age , blood pressure , height and weight , as well as your sex and postcode. All these things combine to work out a cardiac risk estimate. We use this estimate to decide if you would benefit from taking a pill called a statin to reduce your cholesterol.

The Receptionists, GPs or Nurses can print off a leaflet which gives you your most up to date values of the things that the cardiac risk calculator uses to work out your risk. You can use the numbers to find out what difference you could make to your cardiac risk by making some changes e.g. stopping smoking or losing weight.

The website http://qintervention.org/ also allows you to work out your risk of getting diabetes.

We recommend that you take a look at the http://www.eastlancspie.info/conditions/weight-loss/ website for information about losing weight or exercising more in Pendle.

The qintervention website will ask you to put in your cholesterol , age , blood pressure , height and weight , as well as your sex and postcode. All these things combine to work out a cardiac risk estimate. We use this estimate to decide if you would benefit from taking a pill called a statin to reduce your cholesterol.

Statins are taken by many people with no side effects; however some people experience some aching in the muscles or inflammation in the liver. The risk of liver problems developing is extremely rare but is one of the reasons why statins are not offered to everybody.

We generally only recommend that you take statins if your cardiac risk is greater than 20 % .

Once you start taking a statin you need to continue taking them for the rest of your life in order to get the benefit from them. They are not something that you just take for 1 month.