A brand new study suggests that most individuals who'd suffered a heart attack had cholesterol levels that are normal.
"Your cholesterol is essential but it’s just one area of the picture,” said the lead author, Dr. Michael Miedema.
He additionally found that a lot of them had not seen a physician in a while.
"Well, over half of them hadn’t seen a physician in both years before their heart attack,” he said.
But the most astonishing finding was when he along with his coauthors factored in new treatment guidelines for heart disease that have been released in 2013. He discovered more individuals were eligible to take cholesterol drugs or statins.
Before those new recommendations, physicians would usually check for cholesterol levels and they might not place the patient on drugs when they weren't elevated, said Miedema.
They look for other variables like gender, age and high blood pressure, to name some.
He called the study a significant contribution.
"If you’re found to be at enough danger, you need to actually take into consideration taking statins, the cholesterol drugs,” Miedema included.
He explained individuals needs to be going to get a regular checkup annually for their physician.
"As well as the question should be, 'What's my risk to get a heart attack?'” he said at health forums.