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After my heart attack my doctor put me on a cholesterol lowering medication, even though he always told me that my cholesterol levels were normal. Why?

Answer

Once you've had a heart attack, a "pretty good" cholesterol isn't good enough anymore. At that point, your cholesterol really needs to be aggressively lowered, usually to less than 180, or an LDL (bad cholesterol) under 100.

Studies have also demonstrated additional benefits from certain cholesterol lowering medications, the "statins", beyond simply lowering cholesterol values, that can help lower the risk of a future heart attack.