chapter  58
Dyslipidemia and Classical Factors for Atherosclerosis
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Epidemiology Dyslipidemia, especially hypercholesterolemia, is a major key modifiable risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD), the leading cause of death in the United States. About one-third of Americans have an elevated total cholesterol, and less than half of patients who would qualify for drug therapy take any prescription drug to reduce cholesterol.