Doctors Embrace New Guides on Statins
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the guidelines, released Tuesday by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, recommend statins for patients who meet profiles based on age, medical condition and other risk factors -- a change that could dramatically increase the number of patients nationwide taking the drugs to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Autumn Stewart, assistant clinical professor at Duquesne University's Mylan School of Pharmacy who also oversees clinical pharmacy services at Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center, Downtown, said some doctors likely have been following clinical trials on statins and already have moved to broader use of them. She said the new guidelines "bring the implications from the trials into the mainstream."
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