Guideline Addresses How to Manage Dyslipidemia to Reduce Heart Disease Risk

A new report summarizes the recommendations of the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense on managing dyslipidemia to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in adults, focusing on elimination of treatment targets, additional tests for risk prediction, primary and secondary prevention, and laboratory testing. The guideline recommends additional tests to refine risk only when the rationale is clear and recommends shared decision-making to determine the benefits and harms of each medication once the patient's 10-year risk has been determined. Patients should be treated with a moderate-dose statin first, according to the summary published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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A new report summarizes the recommendations of the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense on managing dyslipidemia to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in adults, focusing on elimination of treatment targets, additional tests for risk prediction, primary and secondary prevention, and laboratory testing. The guideline recommends additional tests to refine risk only when the rationale is clear and recommends shared decision-making to determine the benefits and harms of each medication once the patient's 10-year risk has been determined. Patients should be treated with a moderate-dose statin first, according to the summary published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.