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Millions more Americans to Get Statin Prescriptions

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Those of us already taking the cholesterol fighting drugs known as statins are about to get a good deal more company.

That's because after years of research and analysis the American Heart Association is recommending millions more Americans get a scrip for medicines like Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor.

"Most of these recommendations are based on randomized clinical trials which is really the highest level of information you can get to," said Dr. William Zoghbi immediate past President of the American College of Cardiology which cosponsored the landmark study.

Zoghbi says the proposed guidelines throw a wider net in search patients who would likely benefit from statin therapy.

In addition to cholesterol levels race, age, gender and family history of high blood pressure and diabetes are all part of the new calculation aimed at reducing heart disease.

"You look at the total risk of that individual. We try to bring the total risk for that individual lower so that their outlook is better," said Zoghbi whose associated with Houston Methodist Hospital.

Under the guidelines some believe the number of American's advised to take statins could double from 36 to 72 million.

That's 30 percent of the adult population.

Over lunch time salads and burgers Houstonians re-acted to the new reality that a whole lot more folks will be taking a daily pill.

"I am a little skeptical because the more pills you take the less you are apt to do the right thing which is diet and exercise, but there are benefits to it," said Mary Rocha whose not currently taking a statin drug.

"Yes, the drug will help," said Billy Stimpson whose been prescribed the statin Crestor.

"But if you're not doing the exercise and other things to go with it, all you are doing is saying, hey i got a pill for that," added Stimpson.

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