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Conflicting health guidelines on statin use may leave thousands without proper treatment

A recent study by researchers at Duke University, North Carolina, and the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada, determined that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on statin use were not fully compatible with the guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (ACC/AHA). (read more)

Should you take statins? Two guidelines offer different answers

(CNN) When it comes to using statins to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, one leading US guideline recommends the drugs to 9 million more people than the other, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (read more)

Comparison of recommended eligibility for primary prevention statin therapy based on the US preventive services task force recommendations vs the ACC/AHA guidlines

Using estimates based on data from 3416 participants in the 2009-2014 NHANES, the USPSTF recommendations would be associated with statin initiation in 16% of US adults aged 40 to 75 years without prior cardiovascular disease (CVD), compared with 24% according to the ACC/AHA guidelines. Of the 8.9% of adults who would no longer be recommended to receive therapy under the USPSTF recommendations, 55% are aged 40 to 59 years with a mean 30-year cardiovascular risk exceeding 30%, and 28% have diabetes. (read more)