Heart disease, stroke and cholesterol

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Enjoying a healthy diet can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is Australia’s biggest killer – killing more people than either cancer or road accidents. 

Cardiovascular disease includes heart attack, stroke and other blood vessel diseases.

The number of Australians with CVD is growing. By 2050, it is predicted that 1 in 4 people be affected.

Cholesterol can affect your risk of heart disease and stroke. Keeping ‘bad’ cholesterol (or LDL cholesterol) at a low level in your blood is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Lifestyle changes including diet and exercise can help to lower your cholesterol, but many people at high risk of CVD also need help from a cholesterol-lowering medicine, even if their cholesterol levels are normal.

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Information for health professionals  

Your heart and stroke risk score patient resource

A resource that explains absolute cardiovascular risk to patients and includes a space for you to record their risk score.

Cardiovascular risk calculators

Online resources to help health professionals objectively assess their patient's cardiovascular disease and stroke risk.