Four things you need to know about the cholesterol-lowering medication coming to the NHS.
'There are people out there who are dying because they’re not taking statins.'
Thousands of Brits are dying from heart attacks and strokes after being scared away from statins by warnings of “non-existent
Statins could be prescribed to breast cancer survivors after researchers discovered the cholesterol-lowering drugs may prevent
I read an article recently about a new 'wonder drug' for treating high cholesterol in those people that don't tolerate statins. A common response I hear from patients is that statins cause them problems with their muscles, gut, headaches and sleep. Despite having raised cholesterol levels, they refuse to take the medications.
It is these industry sponsored studies that have resulted in the prescription of statins to tens of millions of healthy people worldwide driving a multi-billion dollar industry... It's instructive to note that the drug company, Pfizer's own patient leaflet states "common side-effects that may affect up to one in 10 patients include sore throat, nausea, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain."
Giving people statins before an operation could cut their risk of dying or suffering complications, research suggests. The
At the very least, there is a significant proportion of US doctors who use these guidelines in everyday practice. Although the evidence so far has supported the widespread use of statins to reduce CVDs, I would only re-emphasise the importance of caution in the US and elsewhere: statins eligibility is not a closed case just yet and it may take some time before we fully understand how statins can be best prescribed.
*Jerry Lee [2013] received an MPhil in Epidemiology as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and is now a second year medical student