How Doctors Tell If You Need Statins

Before doc­tors give you a pre­scrip­tion for blood pres­sure med­ica­tion or statins to low­er cho­les­terol, they want to know that you’re in a high enough car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk cat­e­go­ry.

They look at a num­ber of fac­tors — your age, body mass, fam­i­ly his­to­ry, blood pres­sure and cho­les­terol num­bers, and so forth.

The nation­al health ser­vice of the UK thinks that (in gen­er­al), any­one who has more than a 20% chance of a seri­ous car­dio­vas­cu­lar event (stroke, heart attack, angi­na) over the next ten years is a good can­di­date for med­ica­tion.

Want to check your risk based on their stan­dards?

Try this link:

Fill out some basic infor­ma­tion about your­self and it will gen­er­ate an assess­ment of your car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk over the next ten years.

Of course, their method­ol­o­gy has been ques­tioned.  This is just a place to start. Dis­cuss any con­cerns with your doc­tor.


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