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comment by Greg_Colbourn ·
2021-11-18T09:21:39.041Z · EA(p) · GW(p)
[Half-baked global health idea based on a conversation with my doctor: earlier cholesterol checks and prescription of statins]Replies from: HaukeHillebrandt, joshjacobson
I've recently found out that I've got high (bad) cholesterol, and have been prescribed statins. What surprised me was that my doctor said that they normally wait until the patient has a 10% chance of heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years before they do anything(!) This seems crazy in light of the amount of resources put into preventing things with a similar (or lower) risk profiles, such as Covid, or road traffic accidents. Would reducing that to, say 5%* across the board (i.e. worldwide), be a low hanging fruit? Say by adjusting things set at a high level. Or have I just got this totally wrong? (I've done ~zero research, apart from searching givewell.org for "statins", from which I didn't find anything relevant).
*my risk is currently at 5%, and I was pro-active about getting my blood tested.