Intensive Statin Therapy - A Sea Of Change in Cardiovascular Prevention

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by George, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. George

    George Guest

    The big debate in the medical community with regard to
    statins seems to center on their use in primary prevention
    of heart disease, i.e. whether or not to treat healthy
    people with them and if so when and how.. This article was
    published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    For all the naysayers in this group we need to remember that
    for decades the argument the tobacco industry was making
    that is wasn't proven that tobacco caused cancer and heart
    disease, etc., even though much of the evidence pointed to
    the fact that indeed it did.

    From what I have read so far the benefits of statins
    outweigh the risk certainly for high risk patients. Again as
    I was saying, the real question now centers on the
    benefits/risks for low and moderate risk patients.

    While there are companies making a fortune on Statins we
    cannot assume that all the evidence on their (statin)
    benefits is bogus manipulation and that there is a coverup
    underway to hide all of kinds of terrible side effects.

    http://content.nejm.org/cgi/reprint/NEJMe048061v1.pdf
     
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