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Important Cholesterol News

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) (cardiologists) have abandoned the treat to target cholesterol number. This means that all those without heart disease who have been prescribed medicine to lower their cholesterol to a certain number should consult with their primary care physician about stopping the medication. The emphasis here is on people WITHOUT HEART DISEASE.

The new guideline measures the future risk of a heart attack to determine if medicine to lower cholesterol is needed and applies only to people 60 years and older. The decision to lower cholesterol with medicine in those younger than 60 years old should be a shared decision between patient and primary care physician. The evidence that a lower cholesterol in those less than 60 years old WITHOUT HEART DISEASE is beneficial is not proven beyond question.

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