One in Three chance that your cholesterol is a problem

ONE in three Australian adults have unmanaged high blood cholesterol and, even more disturbingly, only 10% of those 5.6 million people actually know they have it.

The results of a health survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has thrown up some worrying results with the National Heart Foundation calling on the government to fund a national vascular health check program to identify people at high risk of heart attacks, strokes and chronic disease.

"These checks will not only save lives and prevent disease. They will also reduce avoidable hospital admissions," said Dr Lyn Roberts, CEO of the Heart Foundation.

"Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease together account for almost two thirds of all deaths and a quarter of the burden of disease in Australia."