Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert guest, world-renowned lipidologist, Dr. Thomas Dayspring, are back for part two of their masterclass in cholesterol and lipids. On today’s episode, Danielle and Thomas cover all the nitty-gritty details about the different FDA-approved cholesterol-lowering medications while also busting myths and misconceptions about statins. They also pay some attention to the forgotten step sister of lipidology—high triglycerides. If you are looking to support your cardiovascular health, this episode will leave you with an arsenal of tools to keep your cholesterol in check.  


Dr. Belardo and Dr. Dayspring discuss:   


Why statins are first line therapy, how they lower LDL cholesterol and the powerful data we have for them   

The differences between the various types of statins   

How Zetia (ezetimibe) is used to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and when it is indicated for use   

The different types of PCSK9 inhibitors, how they work, and how much they lower LDLC  

Who has demonstrated mortality benefits from PCSK9 inhibitors and why they aren’t the first line of therapy instead of statins  

ideal triglyceride ranges and medications available to lower them 


Dr. Thomas Dayspring is a world-renowned expert on atherothrombosis, lipoprotein, vascular biology, and advanced lipoprotein testing. With an extensive background of over 37 years in medicine as a clinical lipidologist, Dr. Dayspring has dedicated his career to cardiovascular health. In addition to 17 years of devoted consulting for patients with the most complex lipid disorders in the country, he has served as the Chief Scientific Officer at two of the largest cardiovascular labs for more than 7 years. He is also an official board member of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Dayspring has given over 4000 lectures in all 50 states and is considered one of the most requested speakers in the U.S. 


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