New drug prevents heart attacks in high-risk patients

NBC NEWS - A new heart drug cuts cholesterol levels to once unthinkable lows, a treatment that doctors hope may prevent future heart attacks or stroke in high-risk patients, according to results from a highly anticipated study released Friday.

However, the drug comes at a high price: approximately $14,000 a year.

The injectable drug, Repatha, appears to cut LDL or "bad" cholesterol to extremely low levels, more than statins or lifestyle changes in people who had prior heart attacks or were at high risk.

More than 27,000 heart patients in 49 countries were followed for two years in the largest study of its kind.

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