In the News: New guidelines for cholesterol-lowering statin drugs
Millions more people should be offered cholesterol-lowering statin drugs according to a new draft guidelines by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
Statins are medicines that lower the rates of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. Increased levels of LDL cholesterol are potentially dangerous, as this can lead to hardening of the arteries, a risk factor for heart attacks and stroke. However critics of the new draft guidelines say diet, not drugs, should be the first port of call.
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