Table 3—

Lipid medication requirements to achieve goal LDL

Action required to achieve goal LDLHigh risk: LDL <100 mg/dlVery high risk
LDL <70 mg/dlLDL <100 mg/dl
No action required (currently at goal)207 (45.1)*30 (15.7)114 (59.7)
Maximize one drug (statin)185 (40.3)75 (39.3)51 (26.7)
Maximize two drugs (statin + other lipid drug)§50 (10.9)36 (18.9)18 (9.4)
Beyond two drugs17 (3.7)50 (26.2)8 (4.2)
Total459 (100)191 (100)191 (100)
  • Data are n (%).

  • *

    * Eighty patients were taking zero lipid drugs, 117 one lipid drug, and 10 two lipid drugs.

  • Four patients were taking zero lipid drugs, 22 one lipid drug, and 4 two lipid drugs.

  • Twenty-seven were taking no lipid drugs, 77 one lipid drug, and 10 two lipid drugs.

  • §

    § We assumed that any second lipid drug added would produce an additional 15% reduction in LDL.