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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 10:44 pm, Mon Nov 18, 2013.

The nation’s first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes call for twice as many Americans — one-third of all adults — to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

The guidelines, issued Tuesday by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, are a big change. They use a new formula for estimating someone’s risk that includes many factors besides cholesterol, the main focus now. They take aim at strokes, not just heart attacks. And they set a lower threshold for using medicines to reduce risk.

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      • Dr Strangelove posted at 10:59 am on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

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        In 1994 I had high cholesterol I took a drug to lower it for about a year. During that year I totally changed my diet. I stopped eating junk/fried foods, I eat brown rice, bake potatoes, steamed vegetables, boneless skinless chicken breasts, skim milk etc. I lowered my cholesterol through diet and no longer take the drug. So people check with your doctor but you can control your cholesterol with diet and don’t need the drugs.

         

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