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GPs 'should prescribe statins to younger patients' using 30-year risk score

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In 2000 the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that showed a significantly greater CVD and CHD mortality risk and shorter life expectancy in young men with cholesterol levels of 6.21mmol/l or above compared with those whose cholesterol was 5.17 or less. Three large cohorts of men aged 18 to 39 were screened between 1959 and 1975. Those with a cholesterol of 6.21 or above had CHD mortality 2.15-3.63 times higher, CVD mortality 2.10-2.87 times higher and a life expectancy 3.8-8.7 years shorter. Seems sensible that young people with significantly raised cholesterols should at least be advised and offered treatment at a younger age rather than waiting until later when vascular damage has already developed.

Posted date

20 Nov 2018

Posted time

11:07am

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