A new study has concluded that the risks associated with prescribed statins pale in comparison to the benefits received by a statin regimen. Statins are medications designed to lower LDL cholesterol. LDL stands for low density lipoprotein. LDL is “bad” cholesterol. With that said, what role will the use of statins and high levels of LDL play in the life of a patient?
Those that have high levels of LDL are at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease. Types of cardiovascular diseases that could potentially develop include heart attack and stroke.
Statins are medications that inhibit the enzyme that produces LDL. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), an estimated 26% of American adults were prescribed and used statins.
The concerns with statins are its perceived side effects. Side effects include muscle pain and weakness, diabetes, and an increased risk for hemorrhagic stroke in stroke patients.
The new study found that in a sample of 10,000 people on a statin regimen, 1000 people with pre-existing heart conditions would not be exposed to a major cardiac event. Major cardiac event include: stroke, heart attacks and need for coronary bypass. Similarly in those with increased risk due to diabetes and hypertension, 500 will be spared from further cardiac events.
Further analysis concluded that with a reduction in LDL cholesterol, there was a 25% reduction in significant cardiac events. The concern is 25% is not a very high percentage on its face. However, compared to the number of people at risk for significant cardiac events, the saving of 25% more lives has a greater impact.
As with any medical treatment or medical issues, please remember to speak with your doctor about any medical issues you may experience. For more information on the new study and benefits/risks of statins please follow the link HERE: