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Guidelines call for more people to be put on statins

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26132758...

From BBC

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says the scope for offering this treatment should be widened to save more lives.

Death rates have been decreasing in recent years, but cardiovascular disease remains the leading UK killer.

It claims about 180,000 lives a year.

Currently, doctors are meant to offer statin tablets to the estimated seven million people who have a 20% chance of developing cardiovascular disease over 10 years, based on risk factors such as their age, sex, whether they smoke and what they weigh.

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