U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Mount Vernon, NY
A 38-year-old female asked:

My cholesterol is 249; however, my hdl is 162 and my ldl is 75. my doctor wants to put me on a statin. am i at risk for heart disease?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Can't tell: Total cholesterol is only one of many possible risk factors for heart disease. If you smoke, have high blood pressure, diabetes, don't exercise or are male, your risk would be higher. Discuss the reasons your doctor is recommending a statin with him/her. Your LDL number is very good, as is the hdl.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Dec 16, 2013

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.