How Should Age and Health Status Influence Efforts to Support Healthy Cholesterol?

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Filed Under: Heart Health, Cholesterol, Q&As
Last Reviewed 07/14/2014

How Should Age and Health Status Influence Efforts to Support Healthy Cholesterol?

I’m 85 years old and in very good health, but I have high cholesterol. Should I be worried?

 

I wouldn’t be concerned about high cholesterol at your age unless you know your arteries are blocked or you have serious heart disease. In fact, I don’t prescribe cholesterol-lowering drugs for my elderly patients who have high cholesterol, but no heart disease and no symptoms. (See my recommendations about who should consider taking conventional medications to lower cholesterol levels.)

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