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Statins Promote Heart Health

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:49 AM

Cholesterol-lowering statins not only reduce heart patients’ death risks. A new analysis of studies shows they also lower the likelihood of heart attacks, strokes and bypass surgery in people with no history of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers who conducted the analysis, published in the Lancet, said the findings demonstrate the effectiveness of statins for cardiovascular prevention and that their benefits greatly outweigh any known side effects.
They also suggested current national and international treatment guidelines be reviewed and updated, in light of the new review.
"The present report shows that statins are indeed both effective and safe for people with a 5-year risk of major vascular events lower than 10 percent who would typically not be judged suitable for statin treatment…and, therefore, suggests that treatment guidelines might need to be reconsidered," the investigators concluded.
For the analysis, researchers analyzed 27 studies involving about 175,000 individuals that explored the effects of lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol with statin therapy. They found the drugs safely reduced the risk of heart attacks, strokes and bypass surgery by about 21 percent in a wide range of individuals, both men and women, the old and young, and those with no previous history of cardiovascular disease.
There was no evidence that statins increased risks of developing or dying from cancer or other causes.
Cholesterol-lowering statins are among the most widely used treatments for patients with cardiovascular disease. Current guidelines in the U.S., Europe, and the U.K. restrict statins to people whose 10-year risk of a major cardiovascular event is at least 20 percent.

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