Contact Us

What Are The New Guidelines For Statin Use? New Recommendations Could Double The Numbers Of Those On Cholesterol Medication

(Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

In an effort to attack heart disease head-on, cardiologists have revised their guidelines for treatment – calling for more statin use and less of a focus on the bottom LDL number.  The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association unveiled the new approach on Tuesday.

With the new guidelines, it’s estimated that the number of Americans on prescription statin medications could double.

The new guidelines distinguish between patients who should get high-dose statin therapy and those who can take a lower dose less likely to cause side effects, such as muscle fatigue. They also instruct physicians to discontinue their efforts to meet strict targets for LDL, the “bad” cholesterol that’s most closely linked to disease risk.

Cholesterol is essential for digestion, hormonal balance and cell function, but too much of it can gum up arteries. Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor and other statins reduce cholesterol by blocking the liver’s production of the waxy substance.

Americans filled 255 million prescriptions for these and other cholesterol-lowering drugs in 2012, according to IMS Health, a research firm that tracks prescription drug trends. Yearly spending on this class of drugs peaked at $21.3 billion in 2011, declining since then as more of those brand-name medications become available as generics.

One of the leading reasons for the change is the ratio of benefits to side-effects when it comes to statin mediacations.  Although slight side effects can occur in some people, the vast majority of patients on statins experience no side effects – just the benefits of lower cholesterol.

Cardiologists recommend wider use of statin drugs – latimes.com.

More from KOOL 101.7

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kool1017.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Kool 101.7 Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Kool 101.7 Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!