Lower LDL targets for heart attack survivors

The Heart Foundation and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand have updated their 2007 guidelines recommending the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) target for people with heart disease should be <1.8mmol/L, lower than the previous recommendation of <2.0mmol/L.

“There’s no room for complacency. The evidence is saying we need to go lower,” Dr Robert Grenfell, Clinical Issues Director at the Heart Foundation, said.

The new targets bring Australia into parity with European and US guidelines, he said.

The guide, Reducing risk in heart disease: An expert