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.