Cholesterol and Heart Failure
Reduce your cholesterol level
High levels of cholesterol (fat) in your blood can cause furring and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), heart attacks and strokes. The risk of coronary heart disease and therefore heart failure increases as the level of cholesterol in the blood increases. If you have other risk factors, such as high blood pressure or you smoke, the risk is even bigger.
If your cholesterol level has been found to be too high, your doctor will usually first advise making some changes to your diet (switching to a low-fat diet) and taking plenty of regular exercise. If, after a few months, your cholesterol level has not dropped, you will usually need to take cholesterol-lowering medicines (statins).
If you have Heart Failure it is important to manage your cholesterol. A good tip for you without medical intervention is to take foods like Benecol and Flora Proactive. Believe it or not I had slightly raised Cholesterol 10 years ago and ever since then I have had my regular one a day Plant Sterol from the two brands above. When I was admitted to hospital and the numerous blood tests started my cholesterol levels were well within tolerance so it does say something for plant sterols!