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walesonline.co.uk 13 Sep, 2021 21:30 am

The 'game-changing' drug preventing strokes and heart attacks which is available in England but not Wales

The 'game-changing' drug preventing strokes and heart attacks which is available in England but not Wales
Anti-cholesterol drug inclisiran is proven to lower bad fat in the blood when cheaper drugs, like statins, have not proved effective

"Currently patients manage high cholesterol through a mixture of treatments such as changes to their diet and taking statins and other cholesterol-lowering drugs."High cholesterol has no noticeable symptoms and often remains untreated, which is why you should get your cholesterol levels checked."This is especially important if you are over 40 or have a history of heart disease or high cholesterol, are overweight, or have high blood pressure or diabetes.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) is recommending it as an option for people who have already had a stroke or heart attack and are not responding to other cholesterol-lowering treatments.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: "The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) issued final guidance approving the use of inclisiran based on a price negotiated with the manufacturer for NHS England only."We welcome the news that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has approved the use of inclisiran because it has the potential to save thousands of lives from heart attacks and strokes.

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