High cholesterol a problema in the Canaries
The Canaries is one of the places in Spain where people register the highest cholesterol levels.
Just over half (50.5%) of the Spanish adult population (23 million people) has hypercho-lesterolemia, with levels above 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg / dl), which doubles the risk of suffering from ischemic heart disease, according to data from the Enrica study collected by the Spanish Society of Cardiology.
Of the 23 million affected, 52.5% are women and 48.4% are men, and if one takes into account the age, hypercholes-terolemia affects women more than 65 years of age, since up to 77. 6% have high cholesterol from that age. In the case of men, those with ages between 45 and 64 years, those with the highest cholesterol levels, 67.2%.
According to this same study, Galicia, the Canary Islands, Extremadura and Murcia are the communities with the highest cholesterol levels, while on the opposite side of the balance are Basque Country, Navarra, Madrid and Comunidad Valenciana, with the lowest cholesterol levels.
Every year about 228,000 people suffer a cardiovascular event in Spain, about 120,000 strokes and about 108,000 heart attacks and angina, according to the SEC.