Ben Brewer, a family doctor in rural Illinois, tries to get LDL to 100 or lower. For patients with heart disease or diabetes he tries to get it to 70.
He uses generic statins like simvastatin which his patients can afford.
More questions are answered in Dr. Brewer's forum at WSJ.com.
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Image source: Cholesterol. Wikipedia (public domain).