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Medical News & Perspectives
August 25, 2004

Guidelines: New Lows for LDL Target Levels

JAMA. 2004;292(8):911-913. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.911

Got that cholesterol level down to recommended levels? That's good—but now you should lower it even more.

That is the message sent last month by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) in an update of existing guidelines. The update's primary focus is the need to aggressively reduce the blood levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)—the "bad" cholesterol—through lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise and, if needed, with drugs such as statins (Circulation. 2004;110:227-239).