Guidelines agree: Most patients with chronic kidney disease should take statins

November 14, 2014 6:49 AM

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Guidelines agree: Most patients with chronic kidney disease should take statins

A gradual loss of kidney function over time — or chronic kidney disease (CKD) — increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Two sets of cholesterol-treatment guidelines published in 2013 inform the decision to use statins.

One set is specifically for patients with CKD, while the other is for the general population. University of Alabama at Birmingham experts compared them to find similarities and differences and to also determine if CKD patients are taking statins unnecessarily.

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