Could our excessive use of statins be the biggest health catastrophe of a generation? –


Wwhen they began to be prescribed seriously in the mid-1990s, statins were considered by many to be miraculous drugs. Cholesterol-lowering pills designed to fight heart disease have marked a turning point in treatment-prevention medicine; it was assumed that they would be an overwhelming force for good, saving millions of lives.

Friday an important study on 30,000 patients at high cardiovascular risk of Imperial College London (published in 2006) JAMA Network Open, a journal of the American Medical Association), apparently adapted to this narrative, demonstrating that doubling the dose of statins for those who have already had a cardiovascular event could prevent an additional 12,000 heart attacks and strokes in the year.




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