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Cholesterol guidelines: Risk calculation controversy persists

KEY POINT

A recent analysis applied risk prediction and statin eligibility criteria to a healthy patient population aged 55 years and older for three recent guidelines: the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines, the Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III) recommendations, and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines. The ACC/AHA guidelines qualified nearly all men and two-thirds of women for statin therapy, as compared with much lower proportions recommended by the other two guidelines.