Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are prescribed for millions of Americans to lower cholesterol, which health experts say causes heart attack and stroke. But other experts have questioned the value of the drugs, and have said they have an overall negative effect on health.
Now, a shocking study reveals that taking statin drugs can drastically reduce your risk of surviving a heart attack. The study, published in
the journal Critical Care Medicine
, found that the lower a patient's cholesterol levels, the higher the risk of dying during the 30-day period following a heart attack.
The increased risk isn't nominal: "Those patients with low LDL (bad) cholesterol levels coupled with low triglyceride levels had an astounding 990 percent increased risk of dying!" says David Brownstein, holistic doctor and author of the newsletter Dr. Brownstein's Natural Way to Health
, and author of the book "The Statin Disaster."
"The study found that patients with LDL-cholesterol levels less than 110 mmg/dl, and triglyceride less than 62.5 mmg/dl were most at risk of dying," Dr. Brownstein told Newsmax Health.
"Lower LDL levels were linked to a 65 percent increase in mortality, and lower triglycerides were associated with a 405 percent increased mortality. But in those patients whose LDL and triglyceride levels were both below the threshold levels, the risk rose to an astronomical 990 percent increased risk for dying."
"They don't tell you in medical school that 50 percent of people who suffer heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels," says Dr.Brownstein.
How can the huge increase make sense? "Fats from triglycerides are a major source of energy, and LDL-cholesterol is critical for cell membrane synthesis and is needed to fight infections," he says.
"Adequate LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels may be critical for cell function and survival in the case of a heart attack — as well as in other conditions."
Questions as to statins' true benefits have been around for years, but mostly ignored by mainstream medical professionals. Research published in The Lancet
in 2001 studied mortality in elderly people, and found that low cholesterol was associated with a higher risk of dying.
"We have been unable to explain our results," the researchers wrote. "These data cast doubt on the scientific justification for lowering cholesterol to very low concentrations in elderly people."
Researchers at the East Texas Medical Center found that after taking the statin drug Lipitor for six months, 66 percent of patients developed heart problems similar to those that can lead to heart failure. This is probably due to statin's side effect of depleting the body's store of CoQ10, a crucial antioxidant that's needed for cells to function properly.
In addition, a study found that instead of reducing coronary artery calcification, patients who took statins had an increase of 52 percent when compared to those who didn't take statins.
"Statins have never been convincingly shown to prevent a first heart attack in both men and women," says Dr. Brownstein.
"In men, the best of the statin studies show approximately a 1 to 4 percent reduced risk of preventing a cardiac event. That means that 96 to 99 percent of everyone who takes a statin drug gets no benefit. In women, the numbers are worse."
"Statin drugs are the most profitable drugs in the history of Big Pharma," he says. "Currently, more than 28 percent of U.S. adults take a statin drug that is supposed to treat high cholesterol levels and prevent a person from getting heart disease.
"Statins fail over 96 percent of the people who take them," says Dr. Brownstein. "For the vast majority of people who take them, statins do not prevent nor do they treat heart disease. However, the powers-that-be will go to any lengths to convince everyone that statins are effective for treating and preventing heart disease.
"The odds are well in your favor that statins will not prevent you from having a heart attack, but they may doom you to an early grave if you do have one."
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