oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - South African Cholesterol Guidelines compared : review

Volume 77, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



While infectious diseases are currently the leading cause of death in South Africa, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is not far behind in terms of an important cause of death in our ever-increasingly urbanised population adopting unhealthier lifestyles. Although there are several major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension and central obesity, there is no doubt that dyslipidaemia is a major cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and that lipid-lowering therapy can save lives.

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