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Should I Take a Statin?

By    |   Monday, 09 Jun 2014 10:10 AM

Question: Would a cholesterol reading of 210 call for statins?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Your total cholesterol is high (over 200), but remember that a single cholesterol of 210 is a screening test only. This abnormal screen value is a call to attention. A repeat test, while fasting, is advised to properly evaluate your risks as well as the possible need for lifestyle change and/or medications such as statins.
 
Repeat testing should be done fasting for 12 hours overnight and should include checks for HDL "good" cholesterol and LDL "bad" cholesterol levels, as well as your blood fat (triglycerides). LDL values over 130, HDL values under 50, and triglyceride values over 150 are signs of potential danger, unless you make some improvements.
 
Statins are by far the most widely used preventive agents used to control patients with high cholesterol, but not everyone needs to take cholesterol-lowering drugs. They can be used preventively in at-risk populations (such as diabetics or those with heart disease). You should aim to keep your LDL under 100 (with target of 80) to lower risks of heart disease and stroke.

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Statins are by far the most widely used preventive agents used to control patients with high cholesterol, but not everyone needs to take cholesterol-lowering drugs.
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