UK docs against new statin guidelines

Two thirds of general practitioners in the UK are opposed to recent NHS guidelines saying the docs should “advise 40% of adults” to take statins, The Telegraph reported Saturday, citing a survey of family doctors. Physicians claim the new guidelines are too simplistic. In July, NICE wrote that statins should be prescribed to anyone with a one in 10 chance of developing heart disease in the next 10 years. Some cardiologists have defended the measure saying it could cut down stroke and heart attack deaths by 50,000 per year. In late 2013, two US medical associations--the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology--released new guidelines also favoring for a broader use of these cholesterol-lowering treatments.

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