MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More people could soon be put on drugs meant to lower cholesterol, thanks to new guidelines from the American Health Association and The American College of Cardiology.

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The groups are recommending statins for four high risk groups — patients with cardiovascular disease, those with a bad cholesterol reading of 190 or higher, patients between 40 and 75 years of age with Type 2 diabetes, or those with a 10-year elevated risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Doctors say statins are critical to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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However, some cardiologists worry the statins will be over-prescribed putting people at risk of side effects, like muscle and joint pain, liver problems, and memory loss.