New statin guidelines divide cardiologists
Some high-profile researchers are pushing back against a new recommendation about statins that advises cardiologists to prescribe the cholesterol-lowering drugs to Americans if they have one or more risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

The powerful U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, whose guidance is often used by insurance companies to make coverage decisions, this month finalized its stance on statins. The organization recommended their use for patients 40 to 75 who have at least one condition that puts them at a 10 percent or greater risk of a heart attack in the next decade — including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or smoking....