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Decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol with statin treatment reduces cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently recommended that first-line statin treatment in primary prevention should be atorvastatin 20 mg daily and in secondary prevention atorvastatin 80 mg daily, doses which typically decrease LDL cholesterol by 43% and 55%, respectively.1 In many patients this will leave little scope to reduce residual CVD risk by additional LDL lowering. Attention is therefore drawn to the epidemiological inverse association between HDL cholesterol and CVD risk. This is widely exploited in the …
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