Thursday, May 30, 2024

The Statins Rumour

Rumour: Statins can decrease deaths associated with heart disease.

Truth: This is false.

Statins are a group of drugs used to reduce high cholesterol. According to a study published in the BMJ, statins have the potential to reduce coronary heart disease death rates.

After a 2-year follow-up, this prospective cohort study showed that 84 609 (52%) of patients had sub-optimal results and within an approximate 6-year follow-up, 22 798 had a cardiovascular disease incident. This means that statins are only a part of the solution. Other factors, including genetics and lifestyle, must be considered in reducing the damaging types and levels of cholesterol.

Reference

  1. Akyea RKKai JQureshi N, et al. Sub-optimal cholesterol response to initiation of statins and future risk of cardiovascular disease
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