Nov 13, 2013
By Andy Johnson
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released new guideline, the first in a decade, aimed at preventing heart attacks and strokes. They’re calling for a lot more of those at risk to consider taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol. However, under the guidelines, doctors says patients shouldn’t be put on statins based on their cholesterol number alone. Gender, race, age and whether a person smokes should also be factors. The Association and the College say under the guidelines, one-third of all adults at risk should consider taking statin drugs like Lipitor and Zocor .