This is from John Hopkins, the leading institution for research into heart related diseases and treatments;
To support this argument, they cite four major placebo-controlled studies showing that statin therapy used to reduce cholesterol—in particular LDL, the "bad" form of cholesterol—reduced the incidence of heart attack and death significantly among people who had high cholesterol levels but were otherwise at low risk for developing heart disease.
Research in the UK shows that 62 per cent of people under 40 have never had a cholesterol test, with only one in 10 saying they have asked their doctor to test them for high cholesterol.
Furthermore, almost 40 per cent have never looked into whether there is a history of high cholesterol in their family, while almost 30 per cent know there is a history but have never spoken to their GP about it.
The team compared the baseline characteristics of 153 patients who died during an average 8.2 years of follow-up and 218 who survived. The researchers assumed that risk for mortality would be consistently high among the study participants. However, 60 percent were still living after more than eight years. The use of cholesterol-lowering statins at the baseline exam was the only modifiable risk factor identified to be protective against mortality. The participants taking statins at the beginning of the study had a 50 percent increase of being alive as compared to those who didn't.
We're finding more and more off label uses for statins every day;
"Patients who received statins had a 43 percent reduction in the odds of having Barrett's esophagus compared to non-users," said study author Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, from the Houston VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. "This is the first study to find a significantly lower risk of Barrett's esophagus with statin use, independent of other known risk factors. Further studies are needed to examine this association."
The thing I truly appreciate about this story is that it is based on this one doctor's experience within his own practice based on his way of practicing medicine. It has nothing to do with outside numbers, data trends etc., just what happened to his patients, amazing.View Thread
Overwhelming evidence now shows that the benefits of statins vastly outweigh the risk of side effects, a group of health experts has claimed.
Many GPs and patients are concerned about their over-prescription, which some say will needlessly expose people to side effects such as muscle pain and diabetes. But the group of leading cardiologists and epidemiologists dismissed fears about side effects as misrepresentative and misleading.
"We knew mortality from ischaemic heart disease was directly related to the levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and that by offering healthy lifestyle advice and prescribing statins to at-risk patients, we could eliminate mortality from these diseases," Dr Revill, who retired last year, told The IoS.
And according to his own "carefully collected" figures, deaths from cardiovascular causes in the under-70s "dropped by nearly 90 per cent" between 1981 and 2012, while deaths from heart disease dropped by "more than 50 per cent" in the same period.View Thread
Actually, if you read the article you would know it came from data statements published by NICE and the British Journal of Cardiology, but a nice put down, I would have expected nothing less from you.View Thread