Harvard Men's Health Watch

New guidelines could make it easier for you to keep your heart healthy

New guidelines for preventing cardiovascular disease have lowered the threshold for when a person could consider taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug. The experts also advise that the decision to take a statin should be based on a person’s overall risk rather than achieving specific cholesterol levels. The potential benefit needs to be weighed against costs and drug side effects, although the side effects are uncommon overall and reversible.
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