November 19th, 2013
12:52 AM ET

New heart attack risk calculator may be flawed

New guidelines for prescribing statins are being challenged over possible flaws in an online risk calculator. Two Harvard doctors say the calculator greatly overestimates the risk of heart attacks and could result in millions of people being overtreated. The experts who issued the guidelines stand by their work. Anderson talks to Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the medical dustup.

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  1. Aleta Corrales

    Genetic predisposition and lifestyle play a strong role in the outcome of diseases and is a major consideration when giving medications.

    November 19, 2013 at 2:09 am |
  2. Aleta Corrales

    Treatment of patients are always individualized. You give medication which would provide the maximum benefit with the minimum of risk in order to improve the quality of life and prevent harmful outcomes that will not only be detrimental to a patient but to the family as well. In our country, payment for medications are mostly thru their own pockets!! Guidelines are there to guide but is not an absolute command for treatment. You want to look at the patient as a whole and thus treat them appropriately with good judgement!

    November 19, 2013 at 2:02 am |

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