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From The JAMA Network
June 27, 2017

High-Intensity StatinsGuideline Expectations and Clinical Application

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Houston
JAMA. 2017;317(24):2543-2544. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.5781

There have been major advances in the understanding and management of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Central to these was the discovery of the role of cholesterol-containing lipoprotein particles in the atherosclerotic process and the development of lipid-lowering agents, particularly statins. Despite substantial and consistent evidence to support a causal link between statin use and prevention of ASCVD events, there is still debate regarding the appropriate administration of statins, particularly with regard to primary prevention.

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