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A New Plan to Restrict Cardiovascular Diseases in Scotland

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Dr David Haslam, from the National Obesity Forum, welcomed the idea but said, "There is always the danger that people will think it is either one thing or the other and believe that once you are on pills you can do what you like."

Previous studies show statins are several times safer than aspirin. "It is very difficult to reduce cholesterol by even 10 per cent with changes to your diet alone. But with statins it can fall by 30, 40 or 50 per cent."

As per the new guidelines anyone with a 20 per cent risk of getting coronary heart disease (CHD) or a stroke within ten years will be advised to take statins.

GPs will use an assessment tool called ASSIGN to measure risks, which include a previous heart attack, stroke, angina or heart failure or diabetes or family history of high cholesterol.

Older people, smokers and the overweight are considered more at risk.

This assessment will also look into the place where you live as evidence shows deprivation and stress also add to heart problems.
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