On call: Statin therapy

On call

Statin therapy

Published: March, 2009

Q. I am 55 years old. My cholesterol counts are normal, but my wife clipped a newspaper article about a study that found statin drugs prevent heart attacks even in people with normal cholesterol. My golfing partners all take cholesterol medication — should I join them?

A. Congratulations on being healthy, having normal cholesterol levels, and having a wife who watches over your health. Congratulations, too, on doing a little homework before you ask your doctor for a prescription.

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