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New Cholesterol Drug Guidelines: Q&A

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Nov. 14, 2013 — The question of the day is: Should I be on a statin?

New guidelines released Tuesday by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology change the standards for who should be taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs.

As doctors follow the new guidelines, more people are expected to be put on statins.

The guidelines include new weight and lifestyle measures to lower the risk of having a heart attack and stroke. The guidelines also recommend that doctors focus on overall risks to the heart and less on cholesterol numbers.

Three doctors give their perspectives on the guidelines.

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