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7th May, 2017
 New AACE lipid guidelines introduce an "extreme" cardiovascular risk category 

New American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology (AACE/ACE) guidelines on management of dyslipidemia recommend more intense treatment and intervention -"lower the LDL cholesterol the better regardless of the baseline LDL".

The AACE/ACE guidelines have for the first time defined an "extreme" cardiovascular risk category. They also bring back "targets" for LDL-cholesterol in a major departure from the AHA/ACC guidelines issued in 2013, which had done away with LDL- and non-HDL-cholesterol targets and instead had recommended “appropriate intensity" of statin therapy for the four groups of primary- and secondary-prevention patients.

The new AACE/ACE guidelines have defined five atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk categories and set out lipid goals for each category.

Goals: LDL < 55 mg/dL, non-HDL < 80 mg/dL, apolipoprotein B (apoB) < 70 mg/dL
  • Progressive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), including unstable angina, in patients after achieving an LDL-C <70 mg/dL.
  • Established clinical cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes, chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 3/4, or heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH).
  • History of premature ASCVD (< 55 years of age in men, < 65 in women).
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New Delhi, May 06, 2017: With the temperature rising, cases of heat cramp, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are expected. This trend will continue in coming months with the rise in heat index, though the overall temperature of the environment may be low but the humidity will be high.
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