Many young adults with moderate hyperlipidemia do not meet statin treatment criteria under the new American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology cholesterol guidelines because they focus on 10-year cardiovascular risk. We evaluated the association between years of exposure to hypercholesterolemia in early adulthood and future coronary heart disease (CHD) risk.
to hyperlipidemia in young adulthood increases the subsequent risk of
CHD in a dose-dependent fashion. Adults with prolonged exposure to even
moderate elevations in non–high-density lipoprotein cholesterol have
elevated risk for future CHD and may benefit from more aggressive
Hyperlipidemia in Early Adulthood Increases Long-Term Risk of Coronary Heart Disease