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Should You Take a Statin if You are over 75?

  Shared  physician and patient decision-making should occur irrespective of age when a statin is prescribed. The Skeptical Cardiologist –January 27, 2018– Should You Take a Statin if You Are over 75?: The Value of Derisking in the Elderly  The New York Times published an article earlier this month with the provocative title “You’re Over 75, and You’re Healthy. Why Are You Taking a Statin?” It’s actually a balanced presentation of this difficult question (although it includes the seemingly obligatory anecdote of… Keep Reading


Heart Meds: Risks versus Benefits –Debra Witt –June 15, 2016– The Top 8 Heart Meds: Risks Vs. Benefits If your doc prescribes a heart medication that makes you feel worse, call your doctor, but don’t stop taking it – yet. Here’s what you need to know. Prescription heart medications are so common — millions of Americans currently take at least 1 to treat everything from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to heart failure and stroke — that it’s easy for doctors and patients… Keep Reading


Risks and Side Effects of Statins

Side effects with statins are not common, occurring in only in up to 3% of people individuals in randomized clinical trials on statins and most are not serious. Cleveland Clinic –July 2015–   Statin Medications & Heart Disease: Risks & Side Effects of Statins Fortunately, side effects with statins are not common, occurring in only in up to 3% of people individuals in randomized clinical trials on statins and most are not serious. The most common side effects of statins… Keep Reading


What is a Good Level for LDL Cholesterol?

  Harvard Health January, 2017 LDL cholesterol: Low, lower, and lower still The overall message on “bad” LDL cholesterol is much the same as it has been: Lower is better and how low your level should be depends on your cardiovascular risk factors. But the standard for what low LDL means keeps on getting lower. While an LDL level under 70 is still the usual goal for people at the highest risk for cardiovascular disease perhaps that is still too… Keep Reading

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Statins versus the Mediterranean Diet in Preventing Heart Attacks

The Mediterranean diet appears to be a better choice than statins for primary prevention of stroke, heart attack or death.   American Chiropractice Association –February 4, 2016 –Shereen K. Lehman, DC, MS –James Lehman, DC– NNT for Statins vs. the Mediterranean Diet THE NUMBER NEEDED TO TREAT NNT represents an estimate of the number of people who need to undergo the treatment of interest in order to prevent one additional adverse outcome from occurring. For example, if an intervention has… Keep Reading

Exercise Versus Statins for Reducing Heart Disease

IF you start taking a statin aged fifty, and keep taking it religiously for thirty years, you could expect to live for an extra: 6 x 4 days = 24 days. Or a bit less than a month. You may think this is worthwhile, you may not. This, by the way is the best-case scenario. On the other hand, it has been estimated that if you take regular exercise, you could live for an extra four and a half years.… Keep Reading

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