The guidelines set just two and half years ago suggested that roughly 36 million Americans should be using the drugs known as Statins. But some medical researchers worry that an overreliance on the drugs may have an adverse effect on patients that are not in dire need of them.
Click one of the "Listen" links to hear about the new challenges on lowering cholesterol levels, and the effects on American life and health in the age of Statins.
Dr. Scott Grundy, Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, and lead author of new recommendations on cholesterol levels
Dr. Charles Blatt, cardiologist at the Lown Cardiovascular Center, and Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dr. John Abramson, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, former Robert Wood Johnson fellow.
This program aired on July 14, 2004.