Back in 2013, when the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommended millions more Americans be eligible for cholesterol-reducing statins, controversy stirred. People ages 40 to 75 who were otherwise healthy but whose 10-year risk of developing heart disease was determined to be 7.5 percent or higher were encouraged to take statins as preventative treatment. New guidelines that focused beyond cholesterol levels identified those who were at risk, and an online risk calculator was introduced. This class of drugs, which includes the widely prescribed Lipitor, had long been prescribed to treat heart disease, but with statins being ... Read More
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