This is Science Today. A new study has found people
with heart disease benefit more from current cholesterol
guidelines than those without heart disease. Dr.
Lee Goldman, a professor of medicine at the University
of California, San Francisco says that's because
those with existing heart disease are at higher
risk and the cholesterol guidelines are more aggressive
for them than the rest of the population.
Goldman: The first thing the study will do
is get the guideline writers upset because they
will fear that as a result, people without heart
disease will not follow the guidelines and doctors
will not pay attention to the guidelines.
Narrator: But Goldman says that's not the
intent of the paper.
Goldman: What it really says is that in terms
of keeping people alive, adding years of life or
even quality years of life, that the principle focus
should be on people that already have evidence of
heart disease or who are at very, very high risk
for it. Our paper really emphasizes that in secondary
prevention, you not only get the most bang for the
buck - you get the most bang.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.