The doctor’s dilemma: damned if you do, and damned if you don’t

I was talking to a leading cardiologist about the recent controversy over treating patients with statins in order to lower their elevated cholesterol level. He finds himself in a bind, because he doesn't believe in prescribing them routinely. However, if he decides not to "treat" the patient's high cholesterol level, since he doesn't feel the need to "fix" abnormal lab reports, then some patients feel he is being sloppy and casual, because he has overlooked this finding . On the other hand, if he does feel the need for prescribing a statin, other patients believe he is needlessly overtreating them !

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