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Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Posted November 19, 2013

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2013 AHA/ACC Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Guidelines - Drug Companies Win Again

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Last week the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) published new updated guidelines in the journalCirculation for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals [1]. Their goals aim to "prevent cardiovascular (CV) diseases, improve the management of people who have these diseases through professional education and research, and develop guidelines, standards and policies that promote optimal patient care and cardiovascular health".

To accomplish these commendable goals, AHA/ACC targets better management of blood cholesterol levels, overweight and obesity in adults, and provides information on lifestyle modifications [2]. They also provide extensive guidelines on the use of cholesterol-lowering medications, mainly the statins [1].

After reading through the updated guidelines it is clear to me that the state of cardiovascular health, as it stands currently in the United States today, will remain dismal at best. The chance of heart disease and strokes being displaced as the number one and number four leading causes of death in the U.S. [3] are slim to none. Here's why...

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