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Guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology were released on November 12, 2013.
The guidelines recommended that far more people take statin medications even if they have good cholesterol levels and have never had a heart attack or stroke.
People with cardiovascular disease who need to lower their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels are recommended to move to a higher dose or intensity of statin medication rather than take additional drugs along with the statins.
The guidelines still recommend checking cholesterol numbers but they leave it up to the patient and health care provider to decide what to do with the information. It used to be that people should aim to lower their LDL cholesterol level to less than 100. The new guidelines do not specify any targets for LDL levels as long as people are taking an adequate dose of statin medication.
Managing cholesterol is still a key element in reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.