“Cholesterol May Not Be Cause of Heart Disease”

The cholesterol debate rages on. Doctors clash over the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs, with some claiming they should be prescribed more widely to prevent thousands of deaths, whereas other say they are overused.  Seventeen physicians from across the world appear to have dispelled the theory that there are links between having high LDL-C levels – “bad cholesterol” – and clogged arteries.  In short, doctors have found that there is no link between high levels of bad cholesterol and heart disease.  And with this claim, a number of leading cardiologists say statins, taken by millions to tackle cholesterol, don’t have any benefit. Their findings, published in the Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, suggest the drugs won’t treat heart disease, as they say high bad cholesterol levels don’t necessarily lead to heart disease.  Experts have clashed for years as they argue both for and against statins and their effect.  But while they do agree that they are a lifesaver for people who have already had a heart attack, the study, based on about 1.3 million patients’ data, indicates it could be of no use as a preventative measure.

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