On Good Cholesterol and Bad Cholesterol

by - September 10, 2019

Heart attack is still the main cause of death globally. But with new innovation in health, the medical world continues to find ways to lessen heart attack incoidence. At the forum held earlier by One, Family, One Heart, One Goal held at the Crowne Plaza, Ortigas, we were made aware what dyslipedemia and high cholesterol is all about when it comes to cardiovascular problems and how we can manage it.

Finding the right connection can be the key in preventing and predicting devastating health events like a heart attack. Through its partnership with Zuellig Pharma Corporation, Amgen Philippines Inc aims to help improve awareness of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) with educational initiatives to achieve the goal of changing the way the disease is managed and prevented.

Family support and connections are key to helping patients impacted by health challenges. When equipped with more information about cardiovascular diseases such as hyperlipidemia, family members can help patients take action to prevent health risks and overcome their conditions better.

In the Philippines, there are over 130,000 deaths related to Cardiovascular disease in 2016 CVD is a complex disease with many risk factors that affects how it develops. One such risk is dyslipidemia, which occurs when one has abnormal levels of lipids in the blood. Lipids, or fats, are essential in providing energy to the cells while cholesterol is vital in the production of
hormones and bile acids for healthy digestion. 

Dr. Lourdes Ella Santos, an Adult Cardiologist and Clinical Lipidologist presented during the event how the high cholesterol plays a major part in our cardiovascular problems. In the study she cited, there are prevalences of risk factors for atherosclerosis.

There are two kinds of cholesterol in the body: "Bad" cholesterol and 'good" cholesterol. Elevated bad cholesterol, also known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C), in the blood increases a person's risk of developing atherosclerotic plaque deposits which can block the arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke. Lowering LDL-C also lowers a person's chances of developing CVD. 

The standard treatment for lowering LDL-C are statins, but there are cases when statins are not enough. Having access to new and innovative treatments in the management of dyslipidemia can make a difference for patients who are not able to achieve their lipid goals with statin alone.

With the patient at the heart of what we do, Amgen Philippines Inc. and Zuellig Pharma
Corporation are committed to improving the lives of patients struggling with dyslipidemia by helping them and their families to take the necessary action to prevent and manage their health risks.

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