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LDL cholesterol: lower is better.

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recently revamped its guidelines, suggesting that people at risk for heart attack and stroke would benefit from intensive cholesterol-lowering therapy. The updated guidelines call for an even more aggressive reduction of LDL, or "bad," cholesterol levels to below 70 mg/dL in patients at very high risk--the average LDL cholesterol level in the United States is 130.

The NCEP identified high-risk individuals as those with a history of heart attack; angina; high blood pressure; low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol; angioplasty or bypass surgery; obstructed blood vessels to the arms, legs or brain; or diabetes, among other risk factors.

For more on controlling cholesterol, see page 76.
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Title Annotation:Cardiovascular News At A Glance
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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