Irving, TX
A 28-year-old male asked:

My ldl is 172, oa is 246. prescribed 40mg atorvastatin. no family history of heart disease, normal blood pressure, slightly overweight. i have heard so much conflicting information on statins, especially for someone my age. should i take them?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Elevated ldl: At your age I would see a registered dietitian who will review your eating habits, determine your ideal weight and outline an appropriate diet for you and not start on a statin at this time. An exercise program can be added. You would have a good idea if you can attain your goal of ldl of under 120 within 6 months.
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
LDL: In 28 year with no significant CAD risk factors like HTN, DM, Smoking and family history of early CAD, generally will require initial trial of eating modification, exercise and weight loss then repeat lipid panel prior to initiation of Statins
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Last updated Sep 21, 2016


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