Ali's decision to take statins
decided to follow the advice of his doctor and take statins as
part of an effort to reduce his blood cholesterol
already knew that having a high blood
cholesterol level can increase your risk of developing coronary
heart disease. He was also aware that South
Asian people living in the UK are one and a half times more
likely to die from coronary heart disease before the age of 75 than
the rest of the population.
"Heart disease and diabetes are both more common in South
Asians, particularly for those who are living in the UK".
The shock of his brother
having a heart attack in his
thirties led Ali to speak with his GP. Test results showed
that Ali had a high blood cholesterol level, and his doctor
explained what this meant for him.
As Ali tells us in the video, "High cholesterol leads to the
build up of fatty deposits in your arteries. They can starve the
heart of oxygen rich blood which then puts you at risk of a stroke
or heart attack".
Ali decided to follow the advice of his
doctor and take the statin medicines he
was prescribed, as part of an effort to help reduce his blood
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