More Statins for Americans

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    The American Heart Association along with the American College of Cardiology have changed guidelines in regards to cholesterol-lowering drugs and to whom they should be prescribed.

     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.