By Sophie Davis-Cooper on October 20, 2020
October is National Cholesterol Month and HEART UK is determined to make one million people more aware of cholesterol using the power of social media. At Spirit Health, we strive to help people lead happier, healthier lives, and so we’re supporting the cause.
Although we need cholesterol in our bodies to stay healthy, high amounts of cholesterol in the blood can lead to major health problems, such as strokes and heart attacks.
Since high cholesterol can be caused by both lifestyle and genetics, it can affect people of all ages, sizes and lifestyles2. According to Public Health England, six out of ten adults in England have unhealthy levels of cholesterol and most are unaware of it3. Every five minutes, someone in the UK has a heart attack1
Cholesterol awareness resources
We highly recommend visiting HEART UK’s website to see their extensive list of resources including exercise programmes, quizzes and information on testing.
Supporting patients living with long-term conditions
High cholesterol is often tied to other more serious long-term conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Although, regular exercise and a healthy diet can help alleviate the symptoms of these conditions, continual monitoring by a healthcare professional is key to preventing health emergencies.
At Spirit Health, we provide innovative technology to help patients with long-term conditions live better for longer. From heart failure and COPD, to frailty and mental health, we digitise a wide range of clinical pathways, enabling patients to be remotely monitored in the comfort of their own homes.
Our digital platform, CliniTouch Vie, empowers patients to self-manage their condition at home, and provides peace of mind that clinicians are monitoring their well-being and vital signs on a regular basis.
CliniTouch Vie also provides patient education to help users better understand their condition and how to manage it, reducing the risk of an emergency hospital admission.
1 Bhf.org.uk. 2022. Focus on: Heart attacks. [online] Available at: <https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/medical/focus-on-heart-attacks>.
2 Heartuk.org.uk. 2022. National Cholesterol Month In October | HEART UK. [online] Available at: <https://www.heartuk.org.uk/national-cholesterol-month/2020>
3 Waterall, J., 2022. High cholesterol: beating the build-up during Cholesterol Month – UK Health Security Agency. [online] Publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk. Available at: <https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2015/10/12/high-cholesterol-beating-the-build-up-during-cholesterol-month/#:~:text=Six%20out%20of%20ten%20adults,risk%20of%20serious%20health%20conditions.>