New data fuels doctors’ demands to rewrite U.S. heart guidelines

November 21, 2014 6:25 AM

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Controversial heart disease prevention guidelines that abandoned specific targets for reducing "bad" LDL cholesterol are under fresh assault after a major study highlighted the benefits of taking LDL to very low levels.

Guidelines issued last year by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology asked doctors to assess individual patients' risk for heart disease over 10 years based on a complex calculation of risks posed by lifestyle, family history and other health conditions. Those deemed ...

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