What levels of cholesterol should be treated for primary prevention?
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The levels of cholesterol that should be treated for primary prevention are based on low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels of > 100 mg/dL to > 190 mg/dL and vary according to whether the patient's risk is high, moderate, or low. See the table to estimate risk. Grade of recommendation for medication indications: A (on the basis of high-quality randomized controlled trials). Grade of recommendation for lifestyle indications: B (on the basis of extrapolations from randomized controlled trials).
Journal of Family Practice, 51(5) 2002: 423.