New Guidelines For Treating High Cholesterol

New Guidelines For Treating High Cholesterol

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released a new set of guidelines to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released a new set of guidelines to prevent heart attacks and strokes. 

Doctors are now being encouraged to treat high cholesterol differently. The biggest change- ignore the numbers. For years the goal was to get the bad cholesterol leve (LDL) below 100 using a statin medication. Now that number is eliminated in the new guidelines. Instead, specific risk factors will determine who should be treated with the drugs. 

So who does that include? There are four questions that help determine risks:

1. Do you have heart disease?

2. Do you have diabetes?

3. Do you have an LDL more than 190?

4. Is your 10-year risk of a heart attack greater than 7.5 percent?

The bottom line- you may have high cholesterol right now, but if you are at a high risk doctors will encourage you to go on statins such as Lipitor. 

"These medications lower risks and it can lower risks in pretty much anyone," Dr. Robert Block said. "Someone may not have high levels of cholesterol, but if their estimated risk is high because of the fact that maybe they smoke, maybe they have high blood pressure as an example; and also men have risks higher at an earlier age than women, then yes the medication still applies and would be good for you."

The new guidelines can apply to anyone over the age of 21. Experts say about one-third of adults could now be considered for these types of medication. 
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