21 May 2012
Jill's cholesterol shock
As a long term diabetic, Jill Wakeford, 53,
was used to the idea of taking life-saving drugs on a daily
basis - until she was diagnosed with high cholesterol.
Find our how she dealt with the
“I thought you only got high cholesterol if
you were overweight or ate a lot of fatty food. I keep fit and have
good eating habits - I refused to believe my cholesterol could be
too high! And taking cholesterol medication was almost a step too
far - it felt like giving in, admitting I was sick. My doctor was
absolutely straight with me, and that helped – I knew I had to take
them no matter what my feelings on the subject were.
My heart attack was a real wake-up call
was a massive shock when I had my heart attack a few years later.
That was a real wake-up call and I find it really hard to imagine
that people wouldn’t take their cholesterol or blood pressure
medicine if they knew what it was like to live with heart disease.
My doctor told me if I hadn’t stuck to taking my medicines, my
heart attack would have happened a lot sooner.
“In the beginning my husband Mike helped me
organise my pills and get into a routine, but now it’s just part of
my day – wake up, coffee, cereal, pills. It’s easy for me now, but
if you’re struggling it’s important to get informed and get support
early on. There are loads of people who can help – the British
Heart Foundation helpline, your pharmacist, your GP or the nurse at
your local practice are all great places to start.”
If you're worried about your health or are
having problems taking your medication regularly, call our heart
nurses on 0300 333 1 333 for help and advice.