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Even people with low risk of heart attack, stroke can benefit from taking statins, study says

Even people with low risk of heart attack, stroke can benefit from taking statins, study says

A controversial new way to identify which patients should be treated for high cholesterol got some fresh validation Tuesday, with new research finding that strict adherence to 2013 guidelines for the use of cholesterol-lowering statin medications could prevent 41,000 to 63,000 heart attacks and strokes over 10 years. Published Tuesday in JAMA, two studies suggest that updated treatment recommendations issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Assn. improve upon a set of 2004 guidelines in identifying healthy people who may nevertheless go on to suffer heart attack or stroke. One of the studies, an analysis based on a "microsimulation model,"...

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