So let's wrap up this video series.
Cholesterol's in every membrane of your cell.
Now right now, LDL is thought to be the
most significant contributor to atherosclerosis,
which is why we use the statins.
Diet and exercise can significantly impact LDL and
HDL levels, meaning lower LDL can raise the HDL.
However, sometimes medications are necessary, and statins
are the most effective drugs for lowering blood LDL levels.
Now statins increase the number
of LDL receptors in the liver.
So more in the liver, means less in the blood.
So the target is usually an
LDL of less than 100 (mg/dL)
but if the patient has some significantly high
risk, we may shoot for less than 70 (mg/dL).
Most statins should be given at night, so
be sure to educate your patient about that.
So you should give or take your statins at nighttime
for the most effective experience of lowering the LDL.
Thank you for watching our video today.