Federation updated 2017 document with new recommendations
The World Heart Federation (WHF) officially launched the Cholesterol Roadmap Update at the World Congress of Cardiology 2022 (WCC 2022) this Friday, 14th. The roundtable brought together Fausto Pinto (Santa Maria University Hospital), Fernando Lanas (Universidad de La Frontera), Kausik Ray (Imperial College London), Raul Dias dos Santos Filho (Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein), and Pablo Perel (The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine).
The document is based on new evidence on the disease burden, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, technologies and policies that can lead to better outcomes for people living with controlled blood cholesterol. It also shows lessons learned from the implementation of the 2017 Cholesterol Roadmap in different countries and scenarios.
The update presents eight fundamental pillars of the lipids and lipoproteins’ role in the risk factors of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and its prevention, reflecting implementations in different areas of precaution. “The higher prevalence of cardiometabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes has resulted in an increase in other lipid diseases, which means that the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease also grows”.
According to Kausik Ray, “what we do now is what will preserve and protect the future”. In his presentation, the doctor highlighted the importance of preventive care initiated in the early stages of life. Ray says it’s important to consider the impact of time not just with risk factors, but with therapies and interventions.
“We need to stop thinking about hypercholesterolemia. What we’re interested in is the deposit of cholesterol in the vessels. We need health systems that preserve health rather than treat diseases,” said Ray.