New Guidelines for Treating High Cholesterol Take a Personal Approach – Betsy McKay

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CHICAGO—A patient’s family history of cardiovascular disease and in some cases a heart scan are among the factors that physicians should consider before prescribing drugs to lower cholesterol, according to new clinical guidelines released Saturday. The guidelines for cholesterol treatment also recommend prescribing two new types of drugs for high-risk patients when statins, the traditional cholesterol-lowering medication, don’t work. However, due to their cost, one type, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, should be prescribed only when the other, a generic medication, doesn’t work, the guidelines said……..

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