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- Received November 5, 2017
- Revision received December 15, 2017
- Accepted December 15, 2017
- Published online February 12, 2018.
- aDivision of Cardiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
- bAmerican College of Cardiology, Washington, DC
- ↵∗Address for correspondence:
Dr. Neil J. Stone, Division of Cardiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 676 North St. Clair Street, Suite 600, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
Lipid treatment guidelines have continued to evolve as new evidence emerges. We sought to review similarities and differences of 5 lipid treatment guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, European Society for Cardiology/European Atherosclerosis Society, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and U.S. Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense. All guidelines utilize rigorous evidentiary review, highlight statin therapy for primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and emphasize a clinician-patient risk discussion. However, there are differences in statin intensities, use of risk estimators, treatment of specific patient subgroups, and consideration of safety concerns. Clinicians should understand these similarities and differences in current and future guideline recommendations when considering if and how to treat their patients with statin therapy.
Dr. Stone served as lead author of the 2013 ACC/AHA cholesterol guidelines.
The authors have reported that they have no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose. Drs. Tibrewala and Jivan contributed equally to this work and are joint first authors.
- Received November 5, 2017.
- Revision received December 15, 2017.
- Accepted December 15, 2017.
- 2018 American College of Cardiology Foundation
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