Lyna Mohamad

Guidelines for medical practitioners to diagnose and treat high cholesterol levels were launched by the Cardiac Society Brunei Darussalam and the Ministry of Health (MoH) at the Radisson Hotel yesterday.

The National Hyperlipidaemia Guidelines 2022 aim to provide doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners with the tools to diagnose patients with high cholesterol levels, who should be screened, and treatments recommended to control their cholesterol levels to reduce associated risks.

The guidelines use a risk estimation tool recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and are based on diagnostic and treatment guidelines from major international organisations, such as the European Society of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

They include recommendations for diets and exercises in line with previously-published guidelines.

“These guidelines represent a true team effort between various specialties,” said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar in his remarks during the launch.

The publication includes cardiology, endocrinology, nephrology, neurology, elderly care and primary health, said the minister.

“Our local experts have worked tirelessly during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in reviewing international publications and met through several virtual meetings to compile the guidelines,” he added.