Blackburn senior doctor: 'statins effective and useful'

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A SENIOR Blackburn doctor said statins are ‘effective and useful’ in combating heart disease and stroke, but stopped short of calling for their use to be extended.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said the use of cholesterol-lowering statins should be extended to people with just a 10 per cent risk of developing heart disease.

But critics said key research has yet to be published and it was ‘no longer sufficient to make widespread extension of drug treatments on the basis of data that is not widely available for scrutiny’.

Dr Malcolm Ridgway, who practises at Witton Medical Centre, said: “My personal view based on my understanding of the evidence is that statins are very effective in secondary prevention, such as for heart disease and stroke, and are also useful in primary prevention if you are at high risk (greater than 20 per cent over ten years), particularly if you have a strong family history of cardiovascular disease.”

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7:20pm Sun 30 Mar 14

jogalot says...

A review of the published statin research revealed a categorical lack of evidence to support the use of statin therapy in primary prevention of heart attacks
Statins may actually increase cardiovascular risk in women, the young and people with diabetes
The cholesterol-lowering drugs are also linked to an increased risk of cataracts, memory impairment, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and over 300 adverse health effects
Lifestyle changes were far more effective, and safer, for primary heart attack prevention than statin drugs (which are not preventive medicines).
Recent research shows that statins can effectively negate the benefits of exercise, which is one of the primary heart disease prevention strategies.
Many drug companies promote statins so they will be used even more widely. Only about 1 in 100 people taking this drug actually need it. If you do take it, make sure your doctor prescribes Ubiquinol too to replace the damage done by statins.
I am not a doctor but I research anything that my doctor tells me I need because I realize I need to control my own health and cannot rely on others to do it for me.
A review of the published statin research revealed a categorical lack of evidence to support the use of statin therapy in primary prevention of heart attacks Statins may actually increase cardiovascular risk in women, the young and people with diabetes The cholesterol-lowering drugs are also linked to an increased risk of cataracts, memory impairment, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and over 300 adverse health effects Lifestyle changes were far more effective, and safer, for primary heart attack prevention than statin drugs (which are not preventive medicines). Recent research shows that statins can effectively negate the benefits of exercise, which is one of the primary heart disease prevention strategies. Many drug companies promote statins so they will be used even more widely. Only about 1 in 100 people taking this drug actually need it. If you do take it, make sure your doctor prescribes Ubiquinol too to replace the damage done by statins. I am not a doctor but I research anything that my doctor tells me I need because I realize I need to control my own health and cannot rely on others to do it for me. jogalot
  • Score: 9

8:20pm Sun 30 Mar 14

workaholic says...

The stats are 'doctored' by the drug companies !
side affects are much more common and nastier than they admit!
The stats are 'doctored' by the drug companies ! side affects are much more common and nastier than they admit! workaholic
  • Score: 4

8:43pm Sun 30 Mar 14

trevhd says...

I took Statins they gave me an inflamed Pancreas in hospital for a week and can be fatal also has damaged my thigh muscles I have not taken them for 3 years and still suffering from the side effects , my cholesterol was not to high and I do not smoke or drink ,more monitoring by GP needs to be carried out when taking them blood tests etc ,beware of Simvastin they are commonly prescribed because they are cheap . This is a multi billion £ industry so the side effects are not publicized to much .
I took Statins they gave me an inflamed Pancreas in hospital for a week and can be fatal also has damaged my thigh muscles I have not taken them for 3 years and still suffering from the side effects , my cholesterol was not to high and I do not smoke or drink ,more monitoring by GP needs to be carried out when taking them blood tests etc ,beware of Simvastin they are commonly prescribed because they are cheap . This is a multi billion £ industry so the side effects are not publicized to much . trevhd
  • Score: 7

9:40pm Sun 30 Mar 14

woolywords says...

To reduce cholesterol, I eat lots of garlic, as it has something that helps it breaks down. (It also reduces your friends, when you honk of it!)

Thanks to all for the 'heads up' on statins. Think I'll give them a wide one, if ever offered them.
To reduce cholesterol, I eat lots of garlic, as it has something that helps it breaks down. (It also reduces your friends, when you honk of it!) Thanks to all for the 'heads up' on statins. Think I'll give them a wide one, if ever offered them. woolywords
  • Score: 4

9:56pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Kevin, Colne says...

As a patient I found it quite difficult to wade through the claims and counter-claims about statins.

There are some very good books for the lay person written by qualified medical people about drug trials, the controversy about cholesterol and the effects and side-effects of statin therapy. Some of the things that I have read in general about trials, regulation of medicines and recoding of adverse events shocked me to the core, and I am very surprised that local members of parliament are not more active in this field. I regret to say that this is yet another example of politicians failing us very badly indeed.

Thankfully I was able to arrive at a conclusion that satisfied my view of informed consent in relation to the medicine that I was being prescribed, and most importantly at the minimal dosage that I believe will secure significant benefit of therapy while minimizing as far as possible the likelihood of side-effects.

This does cause some consternation among medical people as they assert that the dosage is not recognised by the system, but as I often say to those in the field: excuse me, but I’m not there to fit your system.
As a patient I found it quite difficult to wade through the claims and counter-claims about statins. There are some very good books for the lay person written by qualified medical people about drug trials, the controversy about cholesterol and the effects and side-effects of statin therapy. Some of the things that I have read in general about trials, regulation of medicines and recoding of adverse events shocked me to the core, and I am very surprised that local members of parliament are not more active in this field. I regret to say that this is yet another example of politicians failing us very badly indeed. Thankfully I was able to arrive at a conclusion that satisfied my view of informed consent in relation to the medicine that I was being prescribed, and most importantly at the minimal dosage that I believe will secure significant benefit of therapy while minimizing as far as possible the likelihood of side-effects. This does cause some consternation among medical people as they assert that the dosage is not recognised by the system, but as I often say to those in the field: excuse me, but I’m not there to fit your system. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 5

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