The Group of cholesterol lowering drugs collectively known as “statins” is commonly prescribed to reduce the risk of heart attack and stoke. Now, new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology may change the way they are prescribed. Physicians are now being urged to intensively treat those most at risk of a heart attack or stroke instead of adhering to the current, more general emphasis of using statins to lower cholesterol numbers. As a result of following the new guidelines, some patients may be advised to stop taking the drugs, while others may receive higher doses. Such statins such as Lipitor, Mevacor, Crestor, and Zocor are currently prescribed to about 15 percent of U.S. adults.
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Hint: The new cholesterol-lowering guidelines mentioned above place more stress on getting people started on the right dose of statins rather than aiming for a particular cholesterol level.