Heart Disease New Guidelines

New guidelines on heart attack and stroke prevention have been released.

FOX News Radio's Tonya J. Powers reports:

Up to now, the cholesterol level was the big focus when it came to predicting the odds of having a heart attack. Now, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology says the guidelines take aim at preventing strokes, not just heart attacks. They also call for as many as one-third of all adults to consider taking statin drugs, which lower cholesterol.

Dr. Steve Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic says that will be a lot of people.

(Dr. Nissen) "It will be difficult to know how many more, but it's probably millions of additional Americans will be taking these drugs in the future."

The new approach also looks more at a person's risk, taking into consideration things like age, gender, race and factors like smoking.

Tonya J. Powers, FOX News Radio.

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