Sixty-five-year-old Male With LDL of 168 mg/dL
A 65-year-old male patient of yours has a history of stroke, type 2 diabetes and elevated liver transaminases. He was most recently taking colestipol for hyperlipidemia. Because of severe constipation, however, the patient discontinued the use of this medication.
He has returned to your office for a replacement medication. This patient has no other complaints such as vomiting, jaundice, nausea or abdominal pain. A recent ultrasound of his liver revealed the probability of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Are statins a possibility for this patient? Why or why not?