Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease means disease of the heart or blood vessels. Because chronic kidney disease puts you at a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes, your doctor will want to make sure that your risk is reduced. You may be offered medicines called statins, which lower the level of cholesterol (sometimes called lipids) in the blood and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

See Other NICE guidance for details of our guidance on lipid modification, which includes advice on the use of statins in people with chronic kidney disease.

If you already have cardiovascular disease, you should also be offered an antiplatelet drug (such as aspirin). You may also be offered an anticlotting drug to help further if you are at particular risk. Antiplatelet and anticlotting drugs work in different ways to help thin the blood and prevent blood clots forming, but they can also increase the risk of bleeding.

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