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Shortcomings and solutions for the management of young patients with hypercholesterolemia

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Dr Shauna Newton, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Conference
AHA 2021
New strategies for the promotion of guideline-recommended cholesterol management in young adults are needed. A study investigating the management of severe and moderate hypercholesterolemia in young adults in a large health care system revealed that fewer than 1 out of 3 young adults with severe hypercholesterolemia reached guideline-directed LDL-cholesterol reductions (≥50%) [1]. In addition, less than 50% of the investigated young adults were on lipid lowering therapies (LLT). In females and younger patients, the rates of achieved guideline-directed LDL-cholesterol reductions and LLT prescriptions were particularly low. Medicom spoke with Dr Shauna Newton of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA, to address the key takeaways of the study, which was presented as a poster presentation during the virtual meeting of the American Heart Associ...


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