Even moderately high LDL raises later risks, study shows
People with low absolute cardiovascular risk but elevated LDL cholesterol are at increased risk of cardiovascular death over the long term, a study shows.
Among a US cohort whose 10-year risk for CVD was estimated to be less than 7.5%, those with a moderately elevated LDL cholesterol (>4.1mmol/L) had a 50-70% increased risk of mortality over 27 years of follow-up, compared with those with levels below 2.6mmol/L.
“These findings may have implications for future cholesterol treatment paradigms,” the authors wrote.
The 36,000 study