About this information

NICE guidelines provide advice on the care and support that should be offered to people who use health and care services.

This information explains the advice about the care and treatment of people with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (diseases of the heart or blood vessels that are caused by narrowing of the arteries – for example, heart attack or stroke) that is set out in NICE guideline 181.

This is an update of advice on lowering cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and peripheral arterial disease that NICE produced in 2008.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are an adult:

  • with or without cardiovascular disease

  • with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

  • with chronic kidney disease.

No, if you:

  • have an inherited form of high cholesterol called familial hypercholesterolaemia, or other inherited conditions that increase your risk of cardiovascular disease

  • are having renal replacement therapy (for example, dialysis or kidney transplant).

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