New Statin Guidelines

Updated: 12/03/2013 7:02 am

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Kay Middleton is at the cardiologist for her routine checkup.

She's been going for the past 6 years, ever since her sudden heart attack.

Since then, she's been prescribed a medication called statin which is used to prevent heart attacks or strokes from happening.

Middleton said she hasn't had a heart attack since, and feels better than ever.

"I have energy, and I've had no problems taking the drugs and obviously they have prevented another heart attack which is the main thing," Middleton said.

Middleton is one of the many people who are on statins because of the high risk she has of possibly having another heart attack.

The American Heart Association's new statin guidelines could have even more people on the drug.

The new guidelines base statin prescriptions on different factors such as age, weight, and blood pressure to name a few. By doing this, doctors hope to get the drug to those who will actually benefit or get those who don't off the drug.

Doctor Robert Oakley is a cardiologist here in Victoria.

He said the guidelines will mainly affect patients who are either not on statin or on low doses of it but still at a high risk of having heart attack.

"Most of the science suggest that more intensive or more aggressive statin therapy results in more risk reduction. Risk being heart attack, stroke or death," Oakley said.

Doctor Oakley said it's important to not get too caught up with the guidelines as you still must individually diagnosis a patient.

"It still requires individualization for the individual patients as far as what's best for them, but it does refine and improve on old guidelines," Oakley said.

Middleton said she believes the drugs are a big benefit and thinks the guidelines can help others.

"Well they work for me and I'm certainly glad we have them," Middleton said.

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