Low LDL isn't enough, study suggests

09/16/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

A retrospective analysis of 2,193 COURAGE trial patients with stable heart disease found that those with the highest levels of HDL cholesterol had a 33% lower risk of heart attack or death, and HDL benefits were independent of LDL levels. "What these data tell us is that even if you obtain an optimal LDL level of less than 70 with statins, that you're not home free, that's not a warranty that you're not going to have an event," said Dr. William Boden, senior author of the study, which was published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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