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Cholesterol drugs: Do you need them, or not? – commentary

Cholesterol drugs: Do you need them, or not? – by Elizabeth O’Brien

New heart-disease guidelines leave doctors and patients confused about statins.

Elizabeth O’Brien

Many doctors and patients were surprised last November when two major medical groups upended one central element of the traditional approach to warding off heart disease. With the release of new guidelines, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology shifted away from the prior focus on “bad cholesterol”—and proposed changes to the way doctors prescribe statins, the highly successful cholesterol-fighting medications.

The guidelines recommend a more holistic approach, but some critics said they could greatly increase the number of patients taking statin medication. Now that the dust from the ensuing brouhaha has begun to settle, what should patients expect when they visit the doctor?   Continue reading

Concerns about Cholesterol-lowering statin medications – video

STATIN NATION: The Great Cholesterol Cover-Up

This documentary film raises serious questions about the mass prescription of cholesterol-lowering statin medications.

Billions of dollars are spent on statins each year.  However, leading medical experts interviewed for this film assert that the benefits of statins have been exaggerated, and the adverse effects are much more common than generally reported.

Published on Apr 17, 2013

For more information about this film and additional resources, please visit http://www.statinnation.net