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Less Focus on LDL in New CVD Prevention Guidelines

Lomangino, Kevin

doi: 10.1097/01.NMD.0000442584.04932.0a
  • For most patients, decisions regarding cholesterol-lowering drug therapy should be based on an overall cardiovascular risk score, not LDL cholesterol levels, according to new U.S. guidelines.
  • Patients with a 10-year cardiovascular risk of 7.5% are now candidates for drug therapy—a threshold that will expand the population advised to consider statins.
  • Patients at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease are advised to reduce saturated fat intake to 5% to 6% of energy, avoid red meat, and follow a risk-reducing dietary pattern.

Mr. Lomangino is Editor, Clinical Nutrition Insight; E-mail:

Mr. Lomangino has disclosed that he is a consultant to the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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