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Question: STATINS SHORT-TERM TO LOWER LDL?


 saintcal - Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:10 am

Hi -- I'm a 63-yr old female with LDL of about 120 and HDL around 53-55. I'm wondering about the possibility of taking Lovastatin or another statin drug to lower the LDL, without staying on it too long. Is this advisable or possible?

I am working on weight and blood pressure control also (15+ lbs. overweight with BMI of 25, and borderline high blood pressure at times), but haven't seen any affect on the LDL so far. Thanks.
 Dr. A. Rajput - Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:20 am

User avatar Prescription of statins is on the basis of lipid profile and risk factors.

You have 2 or more risk factors (from your history) -

Age > 55

Hypertension


HDL is > 40 so its on the better side.

Smoking, Diabetes too are risk factors which you havent mentioned.

Coronary artery disease is the most important risk factor. I assume you don't have CAD.

So ideally you should follow :-

LDL > 130 - 12-week trial of diet and exercise.

LDL > 160 - Statins

[b]To conclude
- At LDL of 120 and HDL around 55, you shouldn't worry about starting statins :)



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