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Rosuvastatin (Crestor) and Atorvastatin (Lipitor) are amongst the two most common “statin” or “cholesterol” pills prescribed.
Common thoughts or questions are:
- How long do I have to take them for?
- If in 3 months labs show my cholesterol went down, can I stop this?
- No one dies of cholesterol, so why am I taking this?
- Is there a better option or less expensive?
There are 240+ factors we know increase your risk for a Cardiovascular Event (Heart attack, stroke, etc). Cholesterol is one factor that we know can influence this, and hence it is used to calculate someone’s risk.
Everyone has a baseline risk, which is based on family history, gender, age, etc. For example the risk of having a heart attack at age 85 is higher than age 35. You can calculate your risk here. Statins mentioned above and healthy lifestyle interventions reduce controllable risk factors
Not all medications or interventions are the same. Some medications lower cholesterol or sugars, but don’t change the frequency of people getting heart attacks or strokes!
Baseline risk can’t be changed, but we can reduce our risk due to risk factors. We discuss modifications with our patients to optimize health, minimize medications and complications, and even discuss stopping medications.