Tag: "cholesterol reduction"

Study Challenges The Benefits Of Cholesterol Reduction

| July 31, 2014 | Comments (2)

The aorta is the major blood vessels that carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body (except the lungs). Sometimes, individuals can be born with a narrowing of this vessel – a condition known as ‘coarctation of the aorta’. This defect can be repaired surgically. Those who have surgery have been noted […]

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Drive To Put More People On Statins Intensifies

| February 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Yesterday, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft proposals concerning the use of statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Previously, NICE advised doctors to recommend treatment in those with a calculated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 20 per cent or more. Now, NICE is proposing that this threshold will […]

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The Potential Of Statins To Impair Brain Function And Memory

| December 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

In recent times there has been increasing awareness of the sorts of health issues that statins can induce. It is now becoming much more recognised, for instance, that these drugs can impact on mental functioning, including memory. In fact, back in 2012, the FDA in the US issued a warning that: “There have been rare […]

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No Evidence That Ezetimibe Improves Health Or Saves Lives

| November 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ezetimibe is a drug that lowers cholesterol levels in the bloodstream by inhibiting its absorption from the gut. It is quite commonly used in conjunction with a statin drug. The idea is that if someone has not been able to get their cholesterol levels low enough on a statin alone (or is not tolerating higher […]

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Statins Do Not Save Lives In The Elderly

| October 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

We are constantly being told that ‘raised’ levels of cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. The overwhelming impression is that higher levels of cholesterol are inherently bad for us, and that taking measures to lower cholesterol is inherently good. There are many potential weaknesses in this thinking, though. First of all, […]

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Benefits Of Lowering Cholesterol Are Based On Flawed Data

| September 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recently, the European Society of Cardiology held its annual conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. One of the studies presented at the meeting is reported here. The research compares the number of patients achieving recommended LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the UK with those in Germany. In the UK, general practitioners are remunerated for having […]

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Ezetimibe – Drug With No Proven Health Benefits

| August 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Apart from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, which have become the mainstream’s gold-standard for controling cholesterol levels, ezetimibe is another drug favoured by many doctors for the same purpose. If there’s one thing I’d like to make clear to people who are concerned about their cholesterol (along with their doctors) it’s that controlling cholesterol is not where […]

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Statins: New Guidelines Might Empower Patients About Treatment Options

| May 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

I regularly speak to people who feel they have experienced undue pressure from their doctor to take cholesterol-lowering statins. Some end up taking statins because of the ‘scare stories’ their doctor will tell them about the risks of not taking them. Others seem fearful of their doctor, and how ‘disobeying’ them may affect their relationship. […]

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