Susan Sanchez is a 54-year-old patient with a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, smoking, and obesity. On a recent physical examination, her total cholesterol level was 350 mg/dL, her LDL was 210 mg/dL, and her HDL was 35 mg/dL. Her primary health care provider prescribes atorvastatin, along with lifestyle modifications.

1.Susan asks the nurse why the lifestyle modifications are necessary since she will be taking medication for her dyslipidemia. How should the nurse respond? Describe the necessary lifestyle modifications that the nurse will need to include in teaching Susan.

2.Discuss the potential adverse effects of the atorvastatin that has been prescribed for Susan?