The new national cholesterol guidelines
The new national cholesterol guidelines recommend more intensive treatment...nearly TRIPLING the number of patients who are candidates for cholesterol-lowering drugs.
The guidelines now recommend the SAME treatment for patients at high risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) as they do for patients who already have CHD.
Patients with diabetes are automatically at high risk of CHD. So are many patients with two or more risk factors...hypertension...smoking...low HDL...or a family history of CHD.