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New guidelines for treating high cholesterol suggest physicians consider a patient’s family history of cardiovascular disease and, in some cases, a heart scan before prescribing medicines, The Wall Street Journal writes. The guidelines also recommend prescribing two PCSK9 inhibitors for high-risk patients when statins, the traditional cholesterol-lowering medication, do not work. However, due to their cost, one PCSK9 inhibitor should be prescribed only when the other, a generic medication, doesn’t work.

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