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November 21, 2001

Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of High Cholesterol

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(19):2400-2402. doi:10.1001/jama.286.19.2398

To the Editor: The NCEP guidelines1 focus on lowering LDL-C and also expand the population to be treated to include individuals at increased risk for coronary heart disease. This implies that those with clinical evidence of atherosclerosis elsewhere, multiple risk factors (eg, hypertension, cigarette smoking), and all patients with diabetes should be taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, primarily statins, perhaps perpetually.

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