Targeting Cholesterol

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  • 10/18/2006
Good article today in the NY Times by Ron Rabin about NIH recommendations regarding lowering LDL levels....Rabin comments on an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine which recommends trying to hit low levels but warns against a one size fits all approach to doing so.... One of the author is concerned about no one really knows what the "right"combination of drugs will be to achieve that optimal target.

The Times articles quotes another article (hey, someone actually did some research) from Dr. Vincenza Snow that concluded:"
Patients respond differently to statins, with some achieving more success in cholesterol reduction than others, Dr. Snow said. But, she said, “our goal is not necessarily to get to a certain level of cholesterol, but to decrease heart attacks and strokes, and you can reduce that risk with a certain dose of statin.”

Personalized medicine. And for that you need a variety of medications, genetic tests and diagnostics. Simply shoving everyone onto the cheapest or oldest therapy at the lowest dose possible is not likely to be the most effective way to reduce risk. Which is what medicine should be all about.

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