Understanding the Impact of High Cholesterol

This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

I have many loved ones and friends with heart and cholesterol problems, some of whom take a statin medication to help manage their high cholesterol. That’s why I’m proud to be involved with Take Cholesterol to Heart, which encourages people with high cholesterol to talk more openly with their doctor and find the statin that works best for them. While being diagnosed with high cholesterol was hard to hear for my friends, finding a treatment plan that worked well for their individual needs gave them hope for living a healthy life!

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. High cholesterol can be deceiving because you can’t see or feel it like some other conditions, but if left untreated, can have serious consequences. Surprisingly, at least 50 percent of people taking a statin medication for high cholesterol stop taking it within a year of starting it, and often aren’t told by their doctor that there are multiple statin options available.

You all know that diabetes is another health issue I really care about. So I was surprised to learn that among patients with high cholesterol who have taken a statin, over 1 in 4 (27 percent) also have Type 2 diabetes, according to ACTION: The Statin Survey*, a recent survey of 5,000 Americans aged 45+ with high cholesterol. In fact, a quarter of the patients surveyed who have Type 2 diabetes acknowledged that they did not take a very active role by asking their healthcare provider any questions about the various statin options, and about 1 in 10 reported that they did not question their healthcare provider’s recommendation.

That’s why it’s important we meet with our doctor to discuss all of our options when looking to treat high cholesterol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you talk openly with your doctor? You should! Don’t ever be afraid to speak up and discuss challenges you are having with your prescription medication. The ACTION survey found only 45 percent of current statin users say they communicate openly with their healthcare provider about challenges with their statin. Open communication helps doctors provide appropriate care for their patients.

To emphasize the importance of having the heart-health conversation with your doctor, join Take Cholesterol to Heart spokesperson Howie Mandel to help inspire others to speak up before they stop their statin. Take to heart the importance of not stopping your medication.

Where can you go to learn more? Visit TakeCholesteroltoHeart.com for more information on the risk factors of high cholesterol and tools and resources to help you talk to your doctor about finding the statin that’s right for you.

I am so proud to support this campaign and get more people talking to their doctors about high cholesterol and finding the treatment regimen that works best for them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. and should not be construed to constitute medical advice. My personal story and opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to give medical advice. Please talk with your doctor about your individual medical situation.

*Harris Poll conducted ACTION: The Statin Survey (Understanding Patient Adherence and Concerns with Statins, and Medication Discussions with Physicians) online on behalf of Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. from July 7 to August 4, 2017, among 5,014 U.S. adults age 45 or older who had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and had used a statin to treat high cholesterol. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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