LDL cholesterol target expected to be revised

03/4/2013 | Nature (free content)

For the first time in a decade, the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is expected to reconsider its clinical guidelines for LDL cholesterol. Statins have been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular events, but it has not been proven that reducing LDL with other pharmaceuticals has an impact, some cardiologists say. “We can’t just assume that modifying the risk factor is modifying risk,” says Harlan Krumholz of Yale University.

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