Nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment of patients with low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
Low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) constitute a strong risk factor for developing coronary heart disease. This risk can be decreased by even slight improvements in HDL-C levels. This review discusses both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments of patients with low levels of HDL-C, including lifestyle modifications and the benefits of oral estrogens, niacin, fibrates, statins, and combination drug therapy.
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