Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women. The FDA recently approved a medication that could reduce cardiovascular health risks. Dr. Deepak Bhatt, Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is here to tell us more.
Dr. Bhatt explains that there are many different risk factors for heart disease that could lead to its development. This could be anything from smoking to poor eating to not exercising to high cholesterol and more. Beyond cholesterol, elevated triglycerides are also a risk factor for heart disease. They are a fat found in the blood, and people with elevated triglycerides who have cardiovascular disease or diabetes could benefit from being on Vascepa or icosapent ethyl.
So how do we know if we are at risk? Dr. Bhatt says know first, your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Next, talk with your doctor and see if you would be eligible for this new medication. It was recently approved by the FDA, and you must go through a physician to get it.
Learn more at VASCEPA.com.