TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — Many people take high cholesterol medication because our doctors tell us we need them.
On Tuesday, new guidelines were released for how cholesterol medication will be dispensed.
We spoke to Cardiologist, Dr. Scott Lieberman of Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas about the new guidelines.
He says, there's a panel looking at previous guidelines and probably see that the population has been under treated as to treating a specific group.
Statins are the most widely prescribed prescription drug for controlling high Cholesterol.
"Statins are a class of medications the more common ones people are more aware of such at Liptor, or Atorvastatin, Zocor, Simvastatin," says Dr. Scott Lieberman.
Dr. Lieberman says, the panel of the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new guidelines.
"The new guidelines are being broaden to try to get more people treated with statins at least at some level to try to reduce the long-term risk of heart disease secondary to cholesterol," says Dr. Scott Lieberman.
They're looking at four groups, they say statins do most good for, Dr. Scott Lieberman explains.
1.) People who are at increase risk of heart disease.
2.) People greater than 40 years old, who have a greater than 7.5 percent chance of having a heart attack over the next ten years and there's a formula trying to come up with that.
3.) People with an LDL Cholesterol Level greater 190.
4.) People who've had a prior heart attack or stroke or vascular incident and diabetics.
KETK spoke to East Texans about the new guidelines.
Marlene Horn of Quitman says, it's always changing, today you've got to take it to keep yourself alive.
Horn lost her husband last year, and tell us he had high-cholesterol and an irregular heart-rate.
"My husband was on Statens I don't know if they helped him or not," says Horn.
"The number of people that are not being treated in fairly high even though we are treating huge numbers of people now, there are probably a lot of people that are not having their risk factors adequately controlled," says Dr. Scott Lieberman.