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Becky, age 56: Heart disease runs in our family, so I know I need to be concerned about my health. I talked with my doctor about my family history and some other risk factors I have, including smoking. We decided that medicine would be a good idea for me, so I'm going to take it.
Carole, age 58: I don't like taking pills all the time, and I would have to take statins for the rest of my life to keep getting any benefit from them. My only other risk factor is high blood pressure. I just want to try changing my habits. I will try eating healthy foods and getting enough exercise to help keep my weight under control.
Charles, age 48: My dad died of a heart attack when he was in his 50s. I must have inherited my high cholesterol from him. I don't want to die before my time, so I am going to take medicine.
Diego, age 41: I just had a cholesterol test and found out that my cholesterol is high. But my blood pressure and some other things are fine. I don't smoke. So my doctor and I talked about it. She gave me some ways I can eat better and get more exercise.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerCarl Orringer, MD - Cardiology, Clinical Lipidology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Carl Orringer, MD - Cardiology, Clinical Lipidology
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