Thursday, November 14, 2013

HEALTH - New Guidelines For Statins

"New statin guidelines expand how doctors calculate which patients could benefit" PBS Newshour 11/13/2013


HARI SREENIVASAN (Newshour):  The recommendations by the nation's leading heart organizations are the first new cholesterol guidelines released since 2004.

For decades, doctors have prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins to their patients based on their laboratory numbers.  But the new recommendations focus on risk factors, including whether individuals have diabetes or heart disease, or if they have a level of so-called bad cholesterol known as LDL.  That's 190 or higher.

Dr. Harlan Krumholz is a cardiologist and a professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine who has long studied this issue.

So, Dr. Krumholz, how significant are these new guidelines?

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