People have been told there are a number of controllable risk factors in their attempts to avoid developing coronary heart disease.
Linda Main, dietician and nutritionist at HEART UK, said that a person with higher cholesterol is more likely to suffer from the disease.
"As many as six in every ten adults in the UK have raised cholesterol (above 5mmol/l) and there are simple steps which can help to lower cholesterol," she stated.
Ms Main advised individuals to stop smoking as quitting could help increase the levels of good cholesterol in the blood, which gives added protection against coronary heart disease.
Changes in diet can also help a person reduce their levels of bad cholesterol by adopting a diet which has plenty of wholegrains, fruits and vegetables, she added.
Her comments came after new figures published by Information Services Division Scotland revealed the coronary heart disease mortality rate had fallen to 49 per 100,000 population in 2010 – a decrease of 60.7 per cent compared to the level in 1995.