Good news for statins

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Those over age 40 should be screened to see if they need to be on a statin,  a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said Sunday.

The focus on a comprehensive evaluation is in line with what experts agree, but puts more of an emphasis on age than the American College of Cardiology or the American Heart Association.

The new guidelines encourages physicians to look at risk factors, such as diabetes or high cholesterol, in those between ages 40 to 75.

While the news is good for those making or prescribing statins, the debate is likely to continue. Some cardiologists countering that statins' side effects and possible risk increase in diabetes for women should be taken seriously.


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