New choles­terol guide­lines push per­son­al­ized care

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - News -

Lead­ing heart ex­perts re­leased new choles­terol man­age­ment guide­lines Satur­day that call on doc­tors to tai­lor treat­ment to more per­son­al­ized risk as­sess­ments of each pa­tient and rec­om­mend the use of two new kinds of drugs for those at great­est risk.

The rec­om­men­da­tions build on 2013 guide­lines that told doc­tors to stop try­ing to lower pa­tients’ choles­terol num­bers to spe­cific tar­gets and in­stead fol­low an over­all ma­trix that tries to pre­dict their fu­ture risk of prob­lems.

The 121-page doc­u­ment was un­veiled at the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2018 Sci­en­tific Ses­sions in Chicago.

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