Do you need a statin?
Because lowering LDL cholesterol is the primary goal of cholesterol management, drugs that reduce LDL levels are the “big guns” in our armamentarium. Statins, the most important class of LDL-lowering drugs, have revolutionized cardiology. Acting on the liver (which produces most of the cholesterol in our blood), statins can cause dramatic drops in blood levels of LDL and total cholesterol.
Statins save lives and prevent heart attacks and strokes. Among people who have already suffered a heart attack, statins reduce the risks of a second heart attack and death. Statins also benefit people who have a high LDL cholesterol but who have never had a heart attack. Recent studies suggest that they even help certain people who have normal LDL levels but a high level of inflammation in their bodies.
The critical message here is that if you have had a heart attack or if you have a high LDL cholesterol in spite of lifestyle changes, ask your doctor if a statin is right for you.
Do you know your cholesterol numbers?
You can’t make plans to control your cholesterol unless you know your numbers. Beginning at age 20, every adult should have a lipid panel at least every five years. If any values are abnormal or if you have cardiovascular disease, you’ll need the blood test annually. Most patients on statins should have a lipid panel every six months.
Today, only half of young adults have undergone cholesterol screening. Find the time in your schedule and have this simple blood test. It could save your life.
Get some inspiration from these ladies and learn to appreciate your behind.
Say "goodbye" to winter dryness and get your skin ready for the sunny days ahead!
From cave paintings to Kim Kardashian, a review of the bright side and the dark side of the backside.
Could you boycott beauty for a year? This author did.
Return to the Mobile Site