Statin recommendations may change, especially for African-Americans

( CNN) Dr. Sanjay Basu was treating an African-American human whom he intuitively believed would be at a high risk for a stroke. The patient smoked; he was older and had high cholesterol. But when the doctor of internal medicine and deputy prof of medicine at Stanford University put these details into an application that calculates a person’s danger based on current guidelines, it didn’t shared with him.

“It gave me a really bizarre answer and demonstrating that he was really below danger, and that didn’t make sense to me at all, ” Basu said. “The patient joked with me and said, ‘See, I’m fine. I ultimately caught you.’ He thought he got one over on me.”

The calculator, which is maintained by the American College of Cardiology, is supposed to estimate a patient’s 10 -year risk of heart problems. Typically, a doctor will use it at an initial visit to have a good reference as they treat the patient. It can be used to help forecast the impact that health interventions such as workout, altered in diet, or taking a statin or daily aspirin could have on cardiovascular risk.

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