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New Guidelines For Lowering Cholesterol Drugs Established

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Some new health guidelines came out Tuesday about who should probably be taking "cholesterol lowering" drugs.

In the past, doctors used a standard cholesterol level to determine which patients needed drugs known as "statins." Now, new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend statins for high risk groups.

That includes: patients with cardio-vascular disease and those with type 2-diabetes, but some heart doctors worry that too many people will be on the medication who don't need them.

"It can cause muscle pain. It can cause joint pain. It could cause liver problems, elevation of liver enzymes. It could cause memory loss," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist.

Doctors also say guide-lines do help, but each patient needs to be evaluated individually.

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