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“It’s no secret that unmanaged high cholesterol is a major health threat, potentially increasing patients’ risk of heart disease, which can lead to a heart attack, stroke or even death.” This statement opens the article The Importance of Open Doctor-Patient Dialogue about Statin Treatment on MD Magazine (May 9, 2019) and features Dr. Shawn Dhillon, M.D. of Anytime DRs.

The article discusses the high volume of people who are prescribed statin but within one year stop taking it without consulting their doctor. For many people another option many provide the health benefits without the side effects such as muscle aches which is the most common reason people stop taking the medication.

Dr. Dhillon believes the best way to solve this problem is through ongoing patient education and open doctor-patient dialogue. 

“When it comes to helping patients understand the gravity of a high cholesterol diagnosis and the role of statin treatment, I think it’s critical for the doctor to be proactive and consistent. All too often the patient is not receiving a full picture of what it means to have high cholesterol, or not having this message reinforced after diagnosis,” said Dr. Dhillon.

According to Dr. Dhillon, better communication and a better relationship empowers patients to speak up when they have a complaint about their statin. It also results in doctors taking a more individualized approach to which type of statin to recommend as they will have more in-depth knowledge about their patients.

To learn more, check out the article on MD Magazine: