Friday, November 19, 2010

Statin RX may be overprescribed in healthy people without evidence of diseased arteries | e! Science News

Statin RX may be overprescribed in healthy people without evidence of diseased arteries | e! Science News

A statistical comparison of results showed that few if any heart attacks or strokes would have been prevented within five years had anyone taken the medication, unless there was already some calcium buildup in their blood vessels. In people with moderate calcium buildup, one heart attack would have been averted in every 94 people treated, and one stroke in every 54.

For people with higher coronary calcium scores, the numbers of patients one needed to treat to prevent a heart attack or stroke were 24 and 19, respectively, which Blaha says were superior numbers to those in the JUPITER study or any prior statin trial.

According to study co-investigator and cardiologist Roger Blumenthal, M.D., a professor and director of the Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center at Johns Hopkins, "statin therapy should not be approached like diet and exercise as a broadly based solution for preventing coronary heart disease.

Statins are worth billions of dollars each year, and big pharma pushes doctors to push all of us to take them. Push back.

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