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Nearly half of over 40s in US would be candidates for statins under new guidance

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2308 (Published 21 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2308
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

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 …

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