Heart disease risk in South Asian communities
He 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 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 cholesterol levels.
How does high cholesterol affect you?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your blood and too much of it increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Cholesterol and proteins combine to form both low and high density lipoproteins that have different affects on your blood and cells.
People living with high cholesterol
The individuals listed below are also currently living with high cholesterol:
Karen's high cholesterol
Suzanne's familial hypercholesterolaemia
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In 1989, we participated in the first big trial that looked at whether statins could help stop people with high cholesterol levels from developing heart disease. Research into preventative measures like statins are made possible by donations from individuals. To support people like Ali and others living with heart conditions, consider making a contribution today.