National Cholesterol Education Program

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The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) is a program launched in 1985 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute , part of the United States' National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its aim is to reduce the increased proportion of cardiovascular diseases and heart attacks in the United States , which it believes is due to hypercholesterolemia .

The stated aim of the NCEP is to monitor and analyze the ongoing medical research on atherosclerosis and CHD in order to create recommendations, which are supported by the NIH, the American Heart Association and other medical societies and lay organizations that are intended to help To reduce atherosclerosis and cardiac diseases.

Critics see the NCEP as a lobby organization for the pharmaceutical industry.

See also


  • Executive Summary of the Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III), The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), May 16 , 2001

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