||Radiocast: Lowering High Cholesterol
Debra: This is Healthcare 411: Information for better health. Having high
cholesterol can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Fortunately, there are
treatment options for keeping it under control. A guide from the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality explains many different treatments, including
common cholesterol-lowering drugs. Dr. Shilpa Amin:
Dr. Amin: This information can help patients talk with their doctors
about medicines to treat high cholesterol. The guide includes information about
the benefits, risks and side effects of different kinds of cholesterol-lowering
medicines. Patients should use this information to decide with their doctor
which treatment options are best for them.
Debra: A copy of the guide, called "Treating High Cholesterol: A Guide
for Adults," is available online at
effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov. Healthcare 411 is produced by AHRQ, the Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. I’m Debra James for Healthcare 411.