How frequently is LDL cholesterol level response measured in patients with hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels)?

Updated: Jul 23, 2021
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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The patient’s low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level response is measured in 6 weeks to 6 months, depending on the patient's cardiovascular risk factors. Consider an LDL cholesterol goal of less than 70 mg/dL in patients with established coronary artery disease (CAD) or CAD risk equivalents, including clinical manifestations of noncoronary forms of atherosclerotic disease (peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, and carotid artery disease, transient ischemic attacks or stroke of carotid origin or 50% obstruction of a carotid artery), diabetes, or a Framingham 10-year CAD risk score of greater than 20%. [51]


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