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What are the current NCEP cholesterol treatment guidelines?

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What are the current NCEP cholesterol treatment guidelines?

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Controlling blood cholesterol levels may decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. The National Institute of Health, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology publish guidelines to help physicians and patients with this risk reduction. The most recent consensus in 2004 recommended the following: (the expected release date for the new guidelines is the summer of 2010): • Consider more intensive LDL cholesterol-lowering for people at very high, high, and moderately high risk for a heart attack. For example, for patients with a very high risk of heart attacks, the LDL cholesterol treatment goal remains at <100mg/dl, but the report advised doctors to consider the option of lowering the LDL cholesterol (usually using a statin plus lifestyle changes) to <70 mg/dl. • Initiate therapeutic lifestyle changes to modify lifestyle-related risk factors (obesity, physical inactivity, metabolic syndrome, high blood triglyceride levels and low HDL cholesterol levels). Li

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