Flashcards in Cholesterol medications Deck (4)
Lipid-Lowering Drug Therapy
An estimated 31.9 million American adults have cholesterol levels greater than or equal to?
240 mg/dL (6.2 mmol/L)
Guidelines for treatment of high cholesterol focus on LDL cholesterol. A complete lipid profile is recommended every 5 years beginning at age 20. Guidelines recommend the following groups of people receive statin therapy:
(1) patients with known CVD
(2) patients with primary elevations of LDL cholesterol levels greater than or equal to 190 mg/dL (e.g., familial hypercholesterolemia)
(3) patients between 40 and 75 years old with diabetes and LDL cholesterol levels between 70 and 189 mg/dL
(4) patients between 40 and 75 years old with LDL cholesterol levels between 70 and 189 mg/dL and a 10-year risk for CVD of at least 7.5%
Lipid lowering drugs: Treatment also includes weight loss (if overweight), decreased dietary fat and cholesterol intake, and increased physical activity. Serum lipid levels should be reassessed when?
after 6 weeks of therapy. If they remain elevated, changes in drug therapy and additional dietary options should be considered.