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Coronary heart disease guidelines for Scotland

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New heart disease guidelines for Scotland have been produced, aimed at reducing more than 7,000 deaths and 27,000 cardiovascular deaths over the next give years.

New heart disease guidelines for Scotland have been produced, aimed at reducing more than 7,000 deaths and 27,000 cardiovascular deaths over the next give years.

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) has produced a set of five guidelines aimed at cutting coronary heart disease.

Key recommendations on prevention include assessing everyone over the age of 40 for CHD risk.

Lifestyle advice should be provided at every assessment and more people should be considered for statin drugs to reduce cholesterol levels, as well as low-dose aspirin to reduce blood clot risks.

Treatment recommendations including fast-tracking patients with the most serious heart attacks (ST elevation acute coronary syndrome) to regional cardiac intervention laboratories for angioplasty and a stent implant.

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