Young adults not getting heart-saving statins

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Some top cardiologists say not everyone is getting the treatment they need for high cholesterol. (WPVI)

Some top cardiologists say not everyone is getting the treatment they need for high cholesterol.

And that could boost their risk for heart disease.

We're talking about the L-D-L cholesterol, the bad type of cholesterol.

If someone over the age of 21 has a level of 190 or greater, guidelines call for them to be put on a statin medication.

But a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association says for younger adults, that doesn't always happen.

In fact, researchers found less than 45-percent of adults under forty with high L-D-L levels get a prescription for the medication.

And the number is even lower for patients in their thirties.

Doctors say proper treatment can help prevent problems and improve survival.

The take-home message for all adults is to know your numbers, and talk to your healthcare provider about what is best for you to lower your risk for heart disease.
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