Nov 18, 2013Dr. Paul Ridker Comments on New AHA/ACC Guidelines
Last week, the American Heart Association released a sweeping new set of guidelines for lowering cholesterol, along with an online calculator meant to help doctors assess risks and treatment options.
Paul Ridker, MD, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston, strongly supports the key messages of the new guidelines and believes that questions raised about the risk calculator should be relatively easy to address. Dr. Ridker is an advocate of expanded statin use in primary prevention, a major advance of the new ACC/AHA guidelines.
"The new ACC/AHA guidelines for statin therapy have taken several major steps forward that will greatly improve patient care. These include an emphasis on prevention of stroke as well as heart disease, a focus on statin therapy rather than alternative unproven therapeutic agents, and recognition that more intensive statin treatment is superior to less intensive treatment for many patients. Further, the new guidelines greatly simplify care for the general medicine community. It is critical for patients with known heart disease, diabetes, or high levels of LDL-cholesterol to be treated and treated aggressively.
patients need to go to the gym, throw out the cigarettes, and eat a healthier
diet, but in addition to lifestyle,
middle aged men and women need to talk to their physicians to see if they should
also be on statin therapy.
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