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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. …

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