11/18/2013 11:21 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

New Cholesterol Guideline Called Inaccurate By Top Boston Heart Doctors


New cholesterol treatment recommendations released by two heart organizations last week have come under fierce criticism for overestimating the number of people who should be prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins.

Two heart researchers from Brigham and Women's hospital tested a risk assessment tool a few days after it was published in the new guideline and found that it greatly overestimates the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and may result in millions of people being unnecessarily given statins to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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