The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology made new recommendations on the standards of heart disease prevention for patients. At Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, our focus is upon treating our patients with the best methods available and including the latest research and recommendations into our treatment plans.
The new guidelines have placed a focus upon patient centered risk for future cardiovascular disease by identifying four groups to start on statins, which are cholesterol-lowering medications. If you fall into one of the follow categories, you should consult your physician to find out if statins are right for you.
- You have a known heart or cardiovascular disease
- You are diabetic
- You have a “bad” LDL cholesterol above 190 mg/dL
- High 10-year risk of heart attack or stroke
Your 10-year risk of heart attack or stroke can be calculated by your physician. And whether your doctor prescribes statins or not, they will certainly provide you with multiple resources on how to prevent heart disease. These will include exercise recommendations, dieting tips and ways to lower your stress levels.
For further reading on the new guidelines, visit the American Heart Association.