Less frequent cholesterol checks may be okay in some patients

May 6, 2008 9:10:05 AM PDT
Researchers say frequent checks could give patients misleading results.

Less frequent cholesterol checks may be okay in patients who use statin therapy. Researchers say true long term changes in cholesterol occur relatively slowly with statin therapy. Getting frequent checks could give patients misleading results.

The authors of the study say after patients have an initial decrease in cholesterol in response to treatment re-testing every three to five years may be sufficient.

For more information about this study, please consult the Annals of Internal Medicine.


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