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Do I need a statin? My LDL is 140 but my HDL is 110.

Do I need a statin? My LDL is 140 but my HDL is 110.

Depends: An HDL of 110 is higher than usual. You may wish to have the test repeated to make sure the values are right. It is usually not a good idea to treat lab results. Your doctor needs to look at risk factors for heart disease before prescribing statin. ...Read more

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Statins (Definition)

Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them ...Read more


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Total col. 226, HDL 56, ldl 151, ratio ldl/HDL 2.70. Do I need a statin?

Total col. 226, HDL 56, ldl 151, ratio ldl/HDL 2.70. Do I need a statin?

Not really: your ldls are considered bordeline. Unless you have had a heart attack or stroke, I would just try and follow a diet low in saturated fatty acids such as animal fats. Follow one that is high in unsturated such as nuts, avacados, olive oils. and don't smoke ...Read more

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61 yrs. M, not overweight, eat fairly well & exercise. My LDL is 116, my HDL 39, TG 118. for a total of 179. My LDL-P is 1444, do I need a statin?

61 yrs. M, not overweight, eat fairly well & exercise. My LDL is 116,  my HDL 39, TG 118.  for a total of 179. My LDL-P is 1444, do I need a statin?

I'm not sure I would: say you NEED a statin, but you might benefit from one. You have had an NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) lipid profile performed. It is that LDL-P number that suggests benefit from statins: 1444 suggests "borderline high risk". Your triglycerides aren't too bad, but your LDL could be lower (helped by statin) and HDL higher (not so much helped by statin). If lifestyle maximized, I would consider it. ...Read more

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My cholesterol is 220, my LDL 80, HDL 80, triglyderides 175 . Do I need a statin?

My cholesterol is 220, my LDL 80, HDL 80, triglyderides 175  .  Do I need a statin?

Not necessarily: Assuming that you never had a heart attack, you don't need a statin. Your LDL and HDL are really optimal. Your tryglycerides are a bit high, but exercising and decreasing intake of refined sugars and loosing weight if you are overweight should help bring those down to good levels (below 150 mg/dl). ...Read more

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My total cholesterol is 262; HDL 75; LDL is 131; my vhdl is 25. I had a zero score on a calcium heart scan abt six weeks ago. Do i need a statin?

My total cholesterol is 262; HDL 75;  LDL is 131; my vhdl is 25. I had a zero score on a calcium heart scan abt six weeks ago. Do i need a statin?

Get NMR Lipoprotein: assay, always very strong correlation with plaque progression (typically starting in childhood), whereas cholesterol measurements (promoted by NIH.gov), while worrisome, correlate poorly for a huge percentage of people. Ca score does not reflect plaque presence until it is quite advanced, which you never want. Optimize NMR lipoproteins, HbA1c (,5.0%) & SBP <120 mmHg to ? CVDs risk by >90% ...Read more

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Hdl 67 LDL 144. Do i need statins?

Hdl 67 LDL 144. Do i need statins?

statins: The indications for statins are not as simple as blood test values. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and whether statins are indicated for you. ...Read more

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Tryg 119 hdl 49 ldl 178. Was asked to send more info on cholesterol usually around 200 statins or diet/ exercise? Usually not this high 200 normally

Tryg 119 hdl 49 ldl 178. Was asked to send more info on cholesterol  usually around 200  statins or diet/ exercise? Usually not this high 200 normally

Yes, you're right: The numbers you submit add up to a total cholesterol of about 250 mg/dl, not 200. But usually our treatment decisions are based on LDL anyway. If, on another measurement, your LDL was 127, what we would expect with a total cholesterol of 200, lifestyle, i.e. diet and exercise, should be sufficient. However, if you have significant heart disease risk, LDL goal is <100 and meds may be needed. ...Read more

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Which statin is best,have highGGT Total Chol 6.3 mmol/l = 243.6 mg/dl HDL 1.1 mmol/l = 42 mg/dl LDL 3.4 mmol/l = 131 mg/dl TYRG 3.5 mmol/l = 310 mg/dl?

Borderline situation: Your cholesterol values are borderline but your triglyceride values are clearly abnormal and need attention first. You should cut down on your food and bring your weight down into the normal range. Your triglycerides will come down if you cut down on sugar, sugary drinks and sweets with excess of sugar.That will help reduce your weight and lower your abnormal blood fats. You may not need a statins ...Read more

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My dad 168 C LDL ... total 216C. 38 HDL colostrol do he need to take statin thanks?

It depends: The decision about beginning statins will be made by him and his physician based on his other risk factors, including family history and personal preferences. ...Read more

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Can statin be used for short term(e.g. 3-6 months)?Do not want to take it long term.LDL-166,HDL-37, triglyceride-162,total-239

Help me understand: Please explain to me what, in your way of thinking, the advantage would be to control your cholesterol for 3-6 months? You state your age is 28. Do you expect a 6 month period at your age will impact your life expectancy when it matters (> age 60) ? I'm not making a case for drugs. You need a life style change to improve your lipids at your age, unless you have diabetes or known heart disease. ...Read more

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HDL 44 Triglycerides 100 LDL 205 VLDL 20 How bad is this? Should i start statins? or try diet and exercises and see? im a 26 Yrs old man.

HDL 44
Triglycerides 100
LDL 205
VLDL 20
How bad is this? Should i start statins? or try diet and exercises and see? im a 26 Yrs old man.

High cholesterol : Hi Naim do you have obesity or family history of hyper cholesterolemia ? Are these levels obtained on fasting ? There are some details that are needed before making further recommendations, you can consult us ...Read more

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I have a good diet (veggies, no pasta/rice) & exercise, yet LDL is 151 (HDL is 66, Trig is 91). What else can I do without resorting to statins?

Not much: if you have minimized intake of animal fats. Much of the lipid abnormalities are genetic. Depending on other risk factors, such as family history of heart/vascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and obesity, you would probably benefit from statins. Ask your doctor for specific advice regarding choice of med and dosage. ...Read more

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Lipid profile: tc: 182; ldl: 79; hdl: 24; tgl 347; vldl; 74. Earlier: HDL 31; tgl: 220. I have been exercising, but stopped 10mg statin for 1.5 weeks.

Lipid profile: tc: 182; ldl: 79; hdl: 24; tgl 347; vldl; 74. Earlier: HDL 31; tgl: 220. I have been exercising, but stopped 10mg statin for 1.5 weeks.

Long term issue: Your HDL is lower than desired and triglycerides are higher than desired. I trust that you are under the care of a doctor to have started statin. You should try modifying your diet by reducing saturated fats and sugars. You need to start exercising, with increasing vigor, for at least 30 minutes/day and 5 days/week. You may wish to repeat the test after six months of following this regimen. ...Read more

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My mom had a phys and recently told she should take statins base on this goo.Gl/9khxsx. Her chol is slightly high at 202 with LDL 131 HDL 45 tri 130. ?

My mom had a phys and recently told she should take statins base on this goo.Gl/9khxsx. Her chol is slightly high at 202 with LDL 131 HDL 45 tri 130. ?

Depends: Goal for lipids/cholesterol depends on patient's age and risks such as hypertension and smoking. Would not be able to tell you what her goal levels would be without having such information. ...Read more

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Total cholesterol 229 HDL 64 LDL 146 trig 97 need to take statins?

Lipid: I see you are on antihypertensives. If you have any other risk factors for cad, i would recommend a statin in low dose. If you have no other risk factors for cad, i don't think there's good evidence for whether or not you should take a statin but again a low dose of statin wouldn't be a bad idea. ...Read more

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My triglycerides is 179, cholesterol 218, HDL 60, and LDL 122 do I need to go on statins?

My triglycerides is 179, cholesterol  218, HDL 60, and LDL 122 do I need to go on statins?

Not necessarily : Whether you are prescribed statins or not are dependent on other issues. Your LDL of 122 is fine as long as you are not a post-heart attack patient. If you are a diabetic, this may also may influence your physician's decision to try statins. If you have no health issues at all, these levels appear fine. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Hdl (Definition)

HDL, or high density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that is responsible for the transport of lipids (fats) from various organs including blood vessels back to the liver for processing and possible elimination. Because it helps prevent accumulation of lipids in blood vessels, HDL cholesterol is ...Read more


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Ldl (Definition)

LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is a molecule in the body that transports lipids (fats) from the liver to other organs in the body. Because LDL cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessels which leads to cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol is ...Read more