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Trends in High LDL Cholesterol, Cholesterol-lowering Medication Use, and Dietary Saturated-fat Intake: United States, 1976-2010

Each year, more than 2 million Americans suffer from acute cardiovascular events that account for approximately one-fourth of the total cost of inpatient hospital care. Control of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) has been shown to substantially reduce cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality. High LDL-C is LDL cholesterol above the treatment goals established by the National Cholesterol Education Program’s Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines. It can be managed with lifestyle changes, medications, or a combination of these approaches. A diet low in saturated fat is recognized as one of the most effective lifestyle changes to decrease high LDL-C. This report evaluates the trends in high LDL-C, use of cholesterol-lowering medication, and low dietary saturated-fat intake from 1976-1980 through 2007-2010 among adults aged 40-74.
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