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Severely elevated cholesterol often goes untreated

​(Reuters Health) - Many patients with dangerously high cholesterol or a genetic predisposition to it don’t take statin drugs that can lower cholesterol, a U.S. study suggests.

Statins were being taken by just 52 percent of adults with what’s known as familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disorder that causes extremely high cholesterol and an increased risk of early cardiovascular disease.

And only 38 percent of adults with non-genetic severe dyslipidemia took statins.
“All of these adults should be on a statin,” lead study author Dr. Emily Bucholz of Boston Children’s Hospital said by email.