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As we age, cholesterol builds up in the arteries of the heart and neck, placing us at risk for heart attacks, strokes, and premature death. Treatment that lowers cholesterol in the blood has therefore become the cornerstone of prevention of future heart attack, stroke, and death, both in persons who definitely have heart disease and in those who are at risk of developing it in the future.

Evidence suggests that millions of people who could benefit from cholesterollowering medicines are currently untreated. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 38 million patients in the United States would benefit from the combination of diet and drug therapy, and an additional 30 million should follow diet and exercise programs to reduce cholesterol levels.Given that there are 290 million adults in the Unites States, this issue affects 1 of every 3 to 5 adults.

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