New Statin Guidelines to Prevent Heart Disease

Study suggests millions more Americans could be prescribed statins to control cholesterol.
3:00 | 03/20/14

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health, tonight, and the big headline about statins. Millions of Americans take them to control cholesterol. Now, a big study from duke university, may mean million more Americans should be talking to their doctor about getting a prescription for statins, as well. How much more and what has changed? Mara schiavocampo has been working on the story all day. Reporter: The new analysis shows the effects could be massive. 43 million people are taking statins. That could rise to 56 million. The vast majority of men over 65. And most of the increase will be in people without heart disease. Was signs of a disease yet. This is designed for a lot of people to prevent heart disease. But there is some debate here, as one doctor told our medical team. Something like the mediterranean diet, more fish and olive oil could lower risk. The bottom line is a lot more people will be having these conversations with their doctor. Mara, thanks for working with the medical team, today.

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