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Cholesterol Shake-Up

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Alice Park

Not on medication to lower your cholesterol? There’s a good chance you could be soon. According to new guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, the decision to treat cholesterol is no longer just a matter of lipid levels; it should encompass people’s overall risk of heart disease, which includes factors like age, race, weight and blood pressure. The new advice–which experts say could double the number of people on meds to lower their cholesterol–comes with a new calculator for assessing risk (on heart.org) Among the criteria for a statins prescription: being diabetic and having a greater-than-7.5% risk of experiencing a heart attack in the next 10 years.

–ALICE PARK

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