The World Heart Federation’s Cholesterol Roadmap is being previewed today at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2016 in New Orleans, USA.

In the Roadmap the WHF calls for more awareness of healthier lifestyles and diet; increased screening and testing for cholesterol in communities; more effective initiation of statin treatment and adherence to drug treatments in primary and secondary prevention of CVD; better detection and treatment of patients with familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH); better physician education and support; and reform of drug availability and affordability.

The Cholesterol Roadmap forms part of a series produced by WHF to help meet targets set by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), by 25% by 2025. Reducing the risk of cholesterol-related CVD has an essential role to play in achieving this goal. Previous WHF Roadmaps have focused on secondary prevention, hypertension (primary prevention), tobacco control, rheumatic heart disease and non-valvular atrial fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia.