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Cholesterol and heart attacks on the decline due to health advancements

Break out the bacon! Cholesterol levels are dropping nationwide — and patients are having fewer heart attacks, thanks to new treatment methods and more cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new study has found. Average levels of “bad cholesterol” dipped 21 points and the risk of heart attack and stroke is down by 15 to 20 percent in more than 32,000 patients observed between 2005 and 2016, according to a report published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology by researchers at the University of Alabama. New guidelines adopted by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have led physicians to take a wider, “risk-based” approach to treatment that takes into account factors aside from ...