Using Peds Guidelines Can Up Statin Eligibility for 400,000 Young Adults

April 6, 2015 5:14 PM

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Using Peds Guidelines Can Up Statin Eligibility for 400,000 Young Adults

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics has found that an additional 400,000 people aged 17–21 with elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels could be eligible for statin treatment under pediatric guidelines compared to adult guidelines.

Holly C. Gooding, MD, MSc, of Boston Children's Hospital, and colleagues evaluated data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) over the time period of January 1999 to December 2012, comparing the proportion of young people aged 17–21 years who met criteria for pharmacolog...

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