Statin guidelines changing in the UK...maybe more clinical information might become available...BD
Lots more middle-aged folks in the U.K. may soon find themselves taking statins. The influential National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, based in London, is issuing new guidance (online here) that says patients should go on the cholesterol-lowering drugs if their 10-year risk for serious cardiovascular problems is 20% or greater.
The guidance does say docs should consider modifiable risk factors such as weight, smoking and exercise. But NICE says docs shouldn’t be shy about putting patients on statins, and even recommends a particular dose of a particular drug: 40 mg of simvastatin, a generic drug that Merck developed under the brand name Zocor.