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Doctors at odds on heart-disease risk calculator

Method defended after Brigham specialists’ criticism

Heart disease risk

The formula for predicting a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke appears to calculate a greater risk than actually exists, according to an analysis of three large studies. A recent guideline calls for statin drugs to be prescribed for anyone with a risk greater than 7.5 percent.

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