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New statin guidelines concentrate on heart attack, stroke risk

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A big change may be in store in the way doctors prescribe statins like Lipitor.

Doctors used to focus on the amount of cholesterol a patient had when deciding whether to recommend statins but, now doctors are being told to concentrate primarily on the patient's risk of heart attack and stroke.

The new guidelines come from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology and could double the number of patients taking statins.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

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