American College of Cardiology annual meeting: Music still playing for the LDL limbo

American College of Cardiology annual meeting,March 6–9, Orlando

Music still playing for the LDL limbo

Over the course of a decade or so, the first generation of statin studies identified who benefits from these cholesterol-lowering drugs. The second generation has a different emphasis: How far should LDL (bad) cholesterol be lowered?

Since 1993, national guidelines set out three main targets for LDL — under 160 mg/dL for people with no heart disease and low heart-attack risk, under 130 for people with no heart disease but at moderate heart-attack risk, and under 100 for those with heart disease or at high risk for it.

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