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A 56-year-old male asked:

57 need statins?bmi 22 1.76 height 70kg bp ok, eat healthy exercise 5 days walks 1 hour a day.cholesterol 6.1mmol/l up from 5.98 from 2013 was 5.34 in 2016.now 1.55 hdl 3.9 ratio.brother stroke at 52yrs unhealthy lifestyle father same heart attack 36?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. You should consult a cardiologist to assess your heart health and risk of vascular disease. If you need statins, you would require a prescription and the latter cannot be done in this forum. Wish you good health!
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Given your family history and the known effectiveness of statins, I would strongly recommend that you discuss and seriously consider statin therapy. If you are intolerant to statins, new and effective drugs are available. You should discuss these approaches with your cardiologists given the risk associated with your lipids and family history. Do not be afraid to explore these options in detail.
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Last updated Dec 23, 2021


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