High Cholesterol (cont.)
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Medical Treatment: Statins
If following a low-saturated fat, low-cholesterol diet, increasing physical activity, and losing weight have not lowered the risk for developing coronary heart disease after about 3 months, your doctor may consider prescribing a cholesterol-lowering medication. If your doctor prescribes medicine, you must still:
Taking all these steps together may lessen the amount of medicine a person needs or make the medicine work better, which reduces the risk for developing coronary heart disease. The doctor may prescribe medication from the following categories:
Statins: Statins lower LDL cholesterol levels more than other type of drug. They lower cholesterol by slowing down the production of cholesterol and by increasing the liver's ability to remove the LDL cholesterol already in the blood.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/4/2014
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