BY: MICHAEL LEWIS, MD, ABFM
FACT: 71 million Americans have high cholesterol levels
FACT: The number of people needed to treat to prevent 1 heart attack using a Statin medication (Lipitor, Zocor etc) is 60.
FACT: Only 1 out of every 3 adults with high LDL cholesterol has the condition under control
FACT: High cholesterol has no symptoms so many people don’t know that their cholesterol is too high.
FACT: People with high cholesterol have about twice the risk of heart disease as people with lower levels
FACT: MORE THAN 50% of people who suffered a heart attack had normal cholesterol levels at the time of their hospitalization
FACT: Cholesterol isn’t the entire story when it comes to heart attacks…read on.