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    Major shift on cholesterol meds


    Not on cholesterol meds? New guidelines may change that

    By Matt Sloane, CNN
    updated 4:55 PM EST, Tue November 12, 2013




    CNN) -- If you're not on medicine to lower your cholesterol yet, you might be soon. In what's being called a tectonic shift in the way doctors will treat high cholesterol, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology on Tuesday released new treatment guidelines calling for a focus on risk factors rather than just cholesterol levels.

    The new guidelines could double the amount of people on medication to lower their cholesterol, experts say.

    "This is an enormous shift in policy as it relates to who should be treated for high levels of cholesterol," said Dr. Steven Nissen, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
    The biggest change from the old guidelines, he says: Ignore the numbers.

    "For many years, the goal was to get the 'bad' cholesterol levels -- or LDL levels -- below 100," Nissen said. "Those targets have been completely eliminated in the new guidelines, and the threshold for treatment has been eliminated."

    In their place, the guidelines suggest using specific risk factors to determine who should be treated with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and who should simply make lifestyle changes.

    Among the four questions to ask to determine risks: Do you have heart disease? Do you have diabetes (Type 1 or 2)? Do you have a bad cholesterol level more than 190? And is your 10-year risk of a heart attack greater than 7.5%?

    According to the new guidelines, if you answered yes to any of those four questions, you should be on a statin. Period.

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    Does not surprise me in the slightest. Anytime the Pharmaceutical companies want to create more revenue, they simply create more parameters for prescribing their drugs. Doctors are simply middle-men nowadays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Blaze View Post
    Does not surprise me in the slightest. Anytime the Pharmaceutical companies want to create more revenue, they simply create more parameters for prescribing their drugs. Doctors are simply a middle-man nowadays.
    When the primary solution is more medication, rather than pushing a strong agenda on promoting natural health between doctors and patients Im definitely skeptical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ax1 View Post

    When the primary solution is more medication, rather than pushing a strong agenda on promoting natural health between doctors and patients Im definitely skeptical.
    Instead of highlighting deficiencies they'd rather highlight the sole need and solution to come from a drug. Cholesterol is more important than the average smuck thinks.
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