http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=580&e=8&u=/nm/20040308/bs_nm/health_heart_cholesterol_dc BOSTON (Reuters) - Using higher doses of drugs that reduce cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attack, bypass surgery and chest pains more than gentler doses, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. The finding could put new pressure on doctors to use more aggressive -- and more expensive -- doses of statin drugs to reduce cholesterol levels in people with heart disease. The finding "is a major surprise," said statin expert Dr. Eric Topol of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. The New England Journal of Medicine (news - web sites) published the study early to coincide with a major heart meeting in New Orleans. Abstract: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/NEJMoa040583 The study itself: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/reprint/NEJMoa040583v1.pdf L.