Thursday, November 3, 2016

Statin Drugs Might not Benefit Patients at Risk for Heart Attacks

Statin drugs (or red yeast rice supplements) do give some benefit to patients who have already suffered a heart attack.  However, proof is lacking and inconsistent that statins are effective in the prevention of cardiovascular events for patients that have elevated risk scores.  Despite this lack of evidence, millions of patients are being treated with these drugs.  This increases the cost of care and exposes patients to side effects from the drugs.  Evidence-based medicine is being ignored for true prevention.  You would be better off donating a unit of blood twice a year.

See Dubroff, Statin Therapy and Cardiovascular Risk, The American Journal of Medicine, March 2016, p. 235-7.

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