Livalo is a type of statin medication that is meant to lower a person’s LDL cholesterol level. Statins are able to lower the level of cholesterol in a person’s blood by reducing the amount of cholesterol that is made in the liver. This paired with dietary changes and a more active lifestyle can improve someone’s cholesterol health.
LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, cholesterol is a bad cholesterol while HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, is a good cholesterol.
A person is advised to maintain a total cholesterol level that is under 200mg/dL, while LDL levels should be kept below 100 mg/dL.
Cholesterol is made in the liver, but it also comes from the types of food a person eats, so a change in diet is necessary to help maintain the appropriate levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol.
Statins have also been proven to lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes and are used by approximately 38.6 million Americans.
According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-quarter of Americans over the age of 40 are taking medications with statins.
While high LDL levels are the main reason as to why a patient would be prescribed products such as Livalo, a person may be prescribed a statin if they are more at risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Livalo is also usually prescribed if a patient is taking multiple medications, as that there is less of a risk of it interacting negatively with another medication.
Statins, such as Livalo, should only be given to patients who have heart diseases, or diseases of the arteries, those who are 40 to 75 years of age and have diabetes as well as high cholesterol levels, and patients with LDL cholesterol levels of 70 to 189 mg/dL.
There is the chance of having reoccurring muscle pain while using Livalo, so be sure to speak with a doctor or healthcare professional if anything seems to be out of place or wrong.
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