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High Cholesterol

Elevated cholesterol is one of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Experts recommend lowering LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) to reduce risk of heart disease, particularly heart attack.

Diagnosis:  It is recommended that there are two consecutive elevated cholesterol readings before starting therapy.

Treatment: In addition to lifestyle therapy such as regular aerobic exercise and diet low in saturated fats, pharmaceutical therapy may be necessary.
For patients with an LDL level greater than 100 and risk of cardiovascular disease greater than 10%: Recommend to start with moderate intensity statin and increase dose as needed to achieve optimal LDL levels. Your doctor may recommend repeat cholesterol testing every 6-8 weeks to monitor the response to treatment and evaluate for any side effects.

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