Tag: "muscle damage"

Little Evidence To Support Calls To Prescribe Statins To More Women

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

Back in February, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft proposals concerning the use of statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (e.g. heart disease and strokes). Previously, doctors were urged to recommend treatment in those with a calculated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 20 per cent or more. Now, […]

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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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Certain Antibiotics Increase The Risk of Statin Side Effects

| August 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Statins do have the capacity to prevention heart attacks and strokes, but they are not without risk either. They can, for example, be toxic to the muscles and kidneys. In extreme circumstances, they can cause muscle breakdown known as ‘rhabdomyolisis’ and injury to the kidney that can prove fatal. The risk of toxic effects of […]

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Could Statins Have A Detrimental Effect On Your Joints?

| June 6, 2013 | Comments (1)

Regular readers will know that research already links statins to a long list of side effects, including diabetes, liver damage, kidney damage, muscle pain, fatigue and mental confusion. New evidence suggests that another type of health issue may need to be added to that list, in the form of joint diseases and injuries. This finding […]

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Understanding The Link Between Statins And Muscle Damage

| September 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

Statins can have a wide range of adverse effects on the body, but perhaps most well known is their ability to damage and cause pain in the muscles. It’s difficult to know how many people may be affected, because as I have pointed out previously, many studies eliminate individuals prone to side-effects before the study […]

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How Statins Affect Brain Function

| August 30, 2012 | Comments (22)

While some doctors and researchers seem keen to downplay the potential hazards of statins, their use is linked with a range of unwanted effects including muscle weakness, muscle pain, liver damage and kidney damage. These are all well-recognised side-effects from this form of medication. However, there is also some thought that statins can affect brain […]

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Mass Medication – How The Great Statin Push Is Gaining Momentum

| May 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recently, there have been calls for the statin-net to be widened to include all people over the age of 50, irrespective of their degree of risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. This idea was apparently supported by the findings of a study which was published online on 17 May in The […]

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Cholesterol Testing For Children As Young As 9?

| January 12, 2012 | Comments (2)

A recent report from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in the US, recommends that all children aged 9-11 should be screened for raised cholesterol levels. The report recommended that this should be repeated at age 17-21 too. Last month, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a critique of these recommendations, written […]

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