Email Newsletters Sign up for one of our email newsletters. http://henrythomasnow.boxcrack.net/2016/11/03/professional-tips-on-clear-cut-selection-for-medical-programsUpdated 3 hours ago The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Sunday issued new guidance for the use of cholesterol-busting statin drugs. The report greatly expands the universe of people who should be screened to see whether they need the medication to everyone older than 40 regardless of whether they have a history of cardiovascular disease. The recommendations also support the position of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, which in 2013 radically shifted their advice from suggesting that doctors focus on the level of a patient’s low-density lipoproteins, or bad cholesterol, to looking at a more comprehensive picture of risk. The task force, made up of independent experts but commissioned by the government, concurs that a comprehensive evaluation is a better way to look at risk. But it puts a greater emphasis on age than the ACC and AHA did in determining who might benefit from the medication in preventing heart attack or stroke. The new guidelines, published in JAMA, suggests that people ages 40 to 75 who have one or more risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or smoking that put them at a 10 percent or greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years should be on statins. The group also said that people with a 7.5 percent to 10 percent risk may also benefit but did not definitively recommend they take them. In contrast, the ACC/AHA recommends that people with a 7.5 percent or greater risk take the drugs. http://www.datarr.com/stinterview/2016/11/04/understanding-picking-out-details-of-consultant/There is a consensus among experts that people at substantial risk for heart disease benefit from statins but considerable disagreement about those at lower risk.
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