Lower cholesterol target advised

The Heart Foundation has lowered the LDL cholesterol target for patients with existing heart disease, and is urging more aggressive treatment.

For secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, doctors should now target an LDL cholesterol of 1.8 mmol/L, down from the previous target of 2.0 mmol/L, the foundation said on Wednesday.

The recommendation comes in the National Heart Foundation of Australia’s 2012