Harvard Health Blog
LDL cholesterol: How low can you (safely) go?
By: Dara K. Lee Lewis, MD, Contributor Elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol is a clearly established risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Lowering LDL with medications and/or lifestyle changes has been shown to lower CVD risk. Just how far to lower LDL, however, has remained controversial.