New Statin Guidelines Disputed

Harvard experts challenge the new guidelines which suggest more people should take statins.
1:28 | 11/18/13

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tonight. We move on now to a new headline about your health causing confusion and frustration for a lot of americans. Last week the nation's top doctors said a lot more of us need to take statins for cholesterol and heart risk. Now doctors from harvard medical school are saying not so fast. To clear up the confusion and the frustration, dr. Richard besser. If you are one of the millions of people who is taking a statin right now this controversy and confusion doesn't apply to you. There are problems with the guidelines in terms of figuring out who is in the highest risk. One in three adults, is that still true? There is a lot to agree within in terms of who should be on these drugs. Those people with a bad cholesterol greater than 90 or anyone with diabetes over 40, all of those people should be on statin. They do agree that some additional people should go on. Where do they disagree? It comes down to figuring out other people who don't fit into those groups, the way they calculated it, they don't think that's right. Next time you see your doctor, say based on my age, sex, race, my blood pressure, whether someone in my family has had a heart attack, should I be on a statin and talk about it until the cardiologists sort this out. A pause for those people tonigh thank you. One more medical note tonight. We told you about that outbreak

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