Cholesterol guidelines prove controversial

by Daniel Lane

More than one third of Americans die of heart attack or stroke. This month, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology published their newest recommendations for managing cholesterol. The new guidelines come with a computerized tool to predict a person’s risk of heart disease.

Some doctors, however, believe the guidelines overstate how many people need drugs called statins to reduce their cholesterol.

UNC cardiologist Dr. Sindey Smith, who helped write the new guidelines joins us.

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