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A big shakeup in the world of medicine today involving you and your heart

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The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology jointly announced some new guidelines for the use of statin drugs. Those are the medicines that lower cholesterol.

New recommendations include a new formula for estimating a person's heart attack risk.

The guidelines include many factors besides cholesterol.

Right now about 15-percent of Americans take a daily statin. With the new guidelines the number would almost double to 31-percent.

MORE:  US doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs

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