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History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Gp stopped Zetia (ezetimibe) and prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: My opinion
There is a paucity of data to support taking red yeast although lowering cholesterol is a reported use.
The real question is whether a 95 yo woman should be on anything for cholesterol. Imo, if you have hx of heart attack, stent or bypass, it's reasonable to stabilize plaque. If not, i wouldn't use it. (ie there's no indication for primary prevention in this age group).

In brief: My opinion
There is a paucity of data to support taking red yeast although lowering cholesterol is a reported use.
The real question is whether a 95 yo woman should be on anything for cholesterol. Imo, if you have hx of heart attack, stent or bypass, it's reasonable to stabilize plaque. If not, i wouldn't use it. (ie there's no indication for primary prevention in this age group).
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