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Wider use of statins could cut deaths from heart disease

 

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Wider use of statins could cut deaths from heart disease

Up to 8,000 lives could be saved every three years by offering statins to anyone with a 10 percent risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) within a decade, says NICE.

In an update to the 2006 guideline on lipid modification, NICE recommends that the threshold for starting preventative treatment for CVD should be halved from a 20 percent risk of developing CVD over 10 years to a 10 percent risk.

Up to 4.5 million people could be eligible for statins under the lower threshold. Offering statins to all eligible people could help to prevent up to 28,000 heart attacks and 16,000 strokes each year.