Tag Archives: LDL

Do you need to fast before cholesterol lab?

No…  but, occasionally yes.  A study of over 209,000 cholesterol labs found that if we are only looking at total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, that patients do NOT need to fast.  The triglycerides (another part of the cholesterol/lipid panel) will … Continue reading

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Do statin drugs reduce all-cause mortality in patients with high LDL?

Yes!  Let me explain this.  When your doctor checks your cholesterol lab work and says “Your bad cholesterol level is high.”  That means that the LDL cholesterol is elevated.  LDL is bad.  Period. Statin drugs can be used for all … Continue reading

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70 is the new 100!

What?  There are new guidelines on lowering cholesterol.  We have, for years, targeted  LDL (the bad cholesterol) to be under 100 in at-risk patients.  Now, the LDL target number is under 70! An LDL below 70 mg/dL should be the … Continue reading

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