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Heart Health

New medical guidelines are dramatically changing the way doctors treat cholesterol levels.
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology now say the focus shouldn't just be on bad cholesterol levels - but on who is more at risk of heart disease or stroke.
   
That means more patients could have access to cholesterol lowering drugs like Lipitor
The old guidelines limited statin drugs to patients with a 20 percent chance of developing heart disease in the next decade.
   
Now - that number has been reduced to  7 - point 5 percent risk for heart attack or stroke.

And that could double the number of patients taking statins.
" Study after study has shown that these cholesterol lowering medications, the statins reduce the risk of death, heart attack and stroke."

Even with more access -  doctors warn - statin drugs  alone won't eliminate the risks.
And they stress a healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats..and sodium, and least 40 minutes of exercise - 3 to 4 times a week.
   
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the us.