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Statins Should Be Prescribed To More People

November 14, 2013

According to the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, about 33 million more Americans should be prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs than currently are. The new guidelines recommend that those people who have a 7.5% higher risk for heart attack or stroke within the next 10 years would benefit from taking statins, a group of 7 cholesterol-lowering drugs. Previous guidelines only called for statin prescription if the risk level was above 20% and only covered heart disease. In addition to statins, they also recommended the usual: eating fewer calories, exercising more, and changing unhealthy habits.

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