Often, I see patients who come back from their doctor with a recommendation to start on a statin drug. These drugs are very common recommendations for elevated LDL numbers. However, statin drugs are not benign; they have side effects that can be quite harmful. LDL is a complicated lab to properly interpret. Just because your LDL is elevated, does not mean your risk for heart disease is also elevated. Your risk is dependent upon the type of LDL in your bloodstream. Before your start a statin, it is important to seek more detailed lab analysis to determine the type of LDL in your blood. Watch this week’s video blog to learn more.
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