New guidelines urge wider use of cholesterol-lowering drugs to reduce heart attacks, strokes

  • Article by: MARILYNN MARCHIONE , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 13, 2013 - 6:21 AM

The nation's first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes call for twice as many Americans — one-third of all adults — to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

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mdcastleNov. 12, 13 4:51 PM

I do agree it's time to be pragmatic about this. Whether diet is better than drugs isn't relevant when you consider how many people will comply with taking a pill a day vs how many will comply with eating broccoli and Brussels sprouts instead of mouth watering steaks and juicy burgers.

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optionNov. 12, 13 5:08 PM

Hogwash! Drs. treat the patients who, in most cases, have made poor lifestyle decisions. Granted, some hyperlipidemic patients a genetically predisposed, but one only needs to spend a few minutes observing the general population and it is rampant with obesity, smoking, and horrible nutrition. Eat well, lay off sugar, don't smoke, get regular exercise (at least 4-5 times a week), get plenty of good rest, don't drink to excess. If we focused on solving the problem at the source rather than after the fact, we'd be a lot better off. Sure, MDs, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals would take a financial hit, but so what? If we are ever going to do anything to create a nation based on "health" care, rather than care for sick patients, we have to change our mindset. But no one really wants to hear about that approach. It takes to much work on the part of the individual.

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orinoooNov. 12, 13 6:34 PM

I was put 6 type of statins since I a Diabetic all made me sick. After read a lot of information diet and exercise was best for me. what was my the problem I had large cholesterol size so I can have of 400 count and it doesn't cause a problem please get your Cholesterol size check right. Small is bad but large seams to not bother people but the doctors don't no why yet

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rvjesseNov. 12, 13 7:43 PM

Shame on the American medical system. It is always the easy way out. I agree with option's comment. Aren't there studies to show that eating right and exercise take care of most of these problems for people? If they won't at least try to help themselves why give them drug?. Taking those many will eat even worse than they do now. It is a vicious circle we are creating. Don't doctors realize their job is to cure people, not prescribe more drugs.

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redkayakNov. 12, 13 7:54 PM

Statins have potential side-effects of memory loss and muscle pain. People should be concerned about these serious drugs causing more problems than they solve. Any doctor that prescribes these drugs without first counseling their patients to control their diet and starting a managed exercise program is not doing their job.

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jaw99Nov. 12, 13 9:17 PM

My understanding is that these are some of the most dangerous drugs on the market. Also, isn't there a lot of evidence showing high cholesterol has nothing to do with heart/stroke risk?

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KohnstammNov. 13, 13 6:42 AM

Profits before people.. Quite a health care system we have here.. Selling pills makes money. Teaching people to live healthier lifestyles doesn't.. So, this is what we get..

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elind56Nov. 13, 13 7:02 AM

option said: "Eat well, lay off sugar, don't smoke, get regular exercise (at least 4-5 times a week), get plenty of good rest, don't drink to excess. If we focused on solving the problem at the source rather than after the fact, we'd be a lot better off."----------------------And how would you go about "focusing" on solving the problem at the source?

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BroonieNov. 13, 13 7:14 AM

90% of the people who currently take statins don't need them. Cholesterol drugs affect the cholesterol that the liver manufactures, not dietary intake. So if doctors prescribe more, that would raise the percentage of unneeded medications to the high 90s. That would make Big Pharma very happy and very rich.

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dentesterNov. 13, 13 7:24 AM

After 8 years on statins, I decided they were doing my body more harm than good, I stopped taking them and feel a whole lot better as a result.

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