Cholestanol: A serum marker to guide LDL cholesterol-lowering therapy
Hoenig, Michel R., Rolfe, Barbara E. and Campbell, Julie H. (2006) Cholestanol: A serum marker to guide LDL cholesterol-lowering therapy. Atherosclerosis, 1842: 247-254. doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2005.09.007
Statins have been the mainstay of lipid-lowering therapy since their introduction. However, as lower LDL cholesterol targets are sought, adjunct therapies are becoming increasingly important. Few patients reach new targets with statin monotherapy. We propose that the cholestanol: cholesterol ratio can be used to guide lipid-lowering therapy and result in greater numbers of patients reaching target LDL cholesterol. By determining whether a patient is mainly a synthesizer or absorber of cholesterol, customized regimens can be used and are expected to improve patient outcomes and minimize costs of treatment. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.