Dr. Legato explains if cholesterol medications affect women and men differently.
Well, the implications of high cholesterol may be very different for men and women, more than their response to treatment. We now know that the powerful statin drugs, which are used in both sexes, are effective in both sexes, and so that’s a very important piece of information.
The impact of a high cholesterol, that is a cholesterol over 260 in an elderly woman, a woman over 70, is probably less profound than it would be for a man. So we know that there’s a difference in the risk of a high cholesterol in the elderly patient.
About Dr. Legato:
Dr. Marianne J. Legato is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women's health. She is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Founder and Director of the Partnership for Women’s Health at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Legato founded the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University in 1997. It is the first collaboration between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender. Dr. Legato has received many awards for her leadership role in women's health.
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