Nearly half of over 40s in US would be candidates for statins under new guidanceBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2308 (Published 21 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2308
- Michael McCarthy
Implementation of the most recent guidelines on treating high cholesterol from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association would make 48.6% of US adults aged 40 to 75 years candidates for treatment with statins, a new analysis finds.1
That would be 12.8 million more people than under the preceding established recommendations of the Third Adult Treatment Panel (ATP III) of the National Cholesterol Education Program.2 3
The analysis was published online this week by the New England Journal of Medicine. Michael J Pencina of the Duke Clinical Research Institute at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is the paper’s lead author.
Under the older guidelines, statin treatment was recommended for patients with …