November 14, 2013
Statins Should Be Prescribed To More People
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.
[ Read the Article: More Americans Should Be Taking Statins ]