Cholesterol Alert

Millions more Americans should be taking cholesterol drugs, says a U.S. panel. Should you?

Should you be taking drugs to lower your cholesterol? For millions of Americans who never dreamed they had a heart condition, the answer to that question changed abruptly last week. Impressed by mounting evidence that aggressive treatment can significantly reduce death from heart disease, a panel of experts from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute issued new guidelines for treating high cholesterol. In one stroke, the panel nearly tripled--from 13 million to 36 million--the number of adults who should be taking daily doses of powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs. They also raised by 25%--from 52 million to 65 million--the number who should...

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