New Guidelines for Cholesterol Treatment

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Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Olivia Sterns reports on new cholesterol guidelines on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

Our guest.

What are the new recommendations?

I very much doubt you have high cholesterol, but perhaps your have been for the past couple of decades trying to excessively get their cholesterol below the level of 100. suddenly overnight, that is seemingly out the window and patients will be advised from here out to take statins to lower their cholesterol whenever the doctor deems there is a health risk.

That means overnight, nearly double the americans will be candidates for statins.

33 million americans, or 31% of the adult population.

That is a huge amount.

Also, since hitting a number is no longer the goal, there will be a lot fewer blood trusts -- blood tests.

It a lot more people possibly wanting very medication.

It is kind of a drug braced for cholesterol.

There will be winners and losers and the winners will be the statins.

For example, crestor, astrazeneca, and did you know that crestor is the only one of the major statins that has a major statins e lipitor is still bringing in about -- is the only one of the major statins that still has its patent full stop lipitor is still bringing in about $1 billion a year.

Merck is the drug that works by limiting cholesterol.

Since the goal is no longer trying to hit arbitrary targets, doctors are unlikely to continue prescribing those drugs.

Also, heart disease is a big issue as well, especially for older or overweight individuals.

Are there implications for that disease?

Absolutely.

Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide.

In the u.s., it is response before about 800,000 deaths are year -- per year.

This is the biggest shift in treating heart disease in 30 years.

Fascinating.

Thank you so much, olivia

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