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Statins prescribed to cut heart disease

New guidance has been issued to healthcare professionals aimed at reducing the number of people developing heart disease.The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) have said that statins should be prescribed to any patient who faces a 20 per cent or greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) within 10 years."All people with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing heart disease," said Zoe Harrison, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.  “This new guidance reinforces the need for all doctors to consider prescribing statins to people with diabetes.”Statins are tablets used in the treatment of hyperlipidaemia (high fat levels in the blood). They can reduce LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol and produce a slight increase in HDL (‘good’) cholesterol.

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