Statins & Prescription Cholesterol Drugs Found To Be A Danger?
Researchers have recently concluded that statin use did not improve the overall risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or from other causes, their analysis found.
The latest study on the subject published in the Archives of Internal Medicine cast doubt on the benefits of prescribing statins to prevent cardiovascular disease in people with normal cholesterol levels.
While statins lessen the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people already at risk because of heart disease or high cholesterol, routine use of such drugs by otherwise healthy adults produces such limited benefits that it may not be cost-effective, the study found.
For example, an analysis of seven previous studies involving over 43,000 adults, aged 55 to 75, found that the average adult had a nearly 6 percent chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke over a 4 1/3-year period, compared with a 4 percent risk among those who took statins. The side effects listed by these drugs companies are often multiple-pages long in their disclaimers.
"Therefore, 60 patients would need to be treated for an average of 4.3 years to prevent one major coronary event," the study's author, Dr. Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan of the University of Toronto, wrote in the review. To prevent a single stroke, 268 people would need to undergo statin treatment, and to prevent one nonfatal heart attack 61 would have to take the drugs, he added.
Cholesterol-regulating statin drugs were found to slightly lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in people who no history of cardiovascular disease, but may do little to reduce these peoples risk of death, a new analysis concluded. Statins are the most widely used class of drugs in the United States and are commonly prescribed to lower excessive levels of artery-clogging "bad" cholesterol and to lessen inflammation in blood vessels.
"Even though universal lipid-lowering therapy appears attractive ... further studies are needed to clarify the cost-effectiveness of therapy in this (healthy) group," Thavendiranathan wrote.
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