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Take statins — or just lead a more healthy lifestyle?
Los Angeles Times

Adding to Americans’ confusion about the ever-changing news from the medical world, there’s a new recommendation that would, in effect, drastically increase the number of people who take statins in an effort to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. Statins are potent prescription medications with numerous side effects, including memory loss. The criteria for taking the statins, under the guidelines released by the American Heart Assn. and the American College of Cardiology (a professional organization, not an actual college), would be widened to include millions of people who have no actual heart disease but are considered to be at a certain level of risk based on such factors as race, age and family history.