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Long term study backs statins for patients with high LDL and no other risk factors

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 07 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4171
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Treatment with statins reduced deaths from coronary heart disease by 28% in men with very high levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol but no other risk factors or signs of heart disease, a 15 year follow-up study has reported in the journal Circulation.1

The authors said that the findings provide the first direct randomised trial evidence to confirm current guidance that patients with LDL above 190 mg/dL should be considered for statin treatment regardless of other risk factors.

Kausik Ray, the study leader, from Imperial College London’s School …

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