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US doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs



Published: Tue, November 12, 2013 @ 5:18 p.m.

US doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs

The nation’s first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes call for twice as many Americans – one-third of all adults – to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. The guidelines, issued today by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, are a big change. They use a new formula for estimating someone’s risk that includes many factors besides cholesterol, the main focus now. They take aim at strokes, not just heart attacks. And they set a lower threshold for using medicines to reduce risk.


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1JoeFromHubbard(960 comments)posted 8 months ago

That low interest rate of your savings account got you down?

Invest in pharmaceuticals.

With stories like this one, we'll be a nation where all are pill poppers by the teen years.

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2janeyblue3(53 comments)posted 8 months ago

Count me out. That class of drugs known as statins have horrible side effects. The muscular destruction is exquisitely painful. Don't forget liver damage. Maybe that is the plan,kill off as many as possible. Just say no.

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