New guidelines for statins use continue to be controversial. For otherwise healthy adults, the guidelines take the focus off LDL or “bad” cholesterol as a marker for statin use and place the focus on the risk for developing heart disease or stroke. Statins are now advised for otherwise healthy adults with a 7.5% risk for heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years. However, people ages 64 and older meet the criteria based on age alone. And it’s not known if a statin would help prevent heart attack in an otherwise healthy older adult with normal cholesterol.
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