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“Statin Risks: Current Status”

First things first.  In November of 2010, cardiologists at Johns Hopkins Hospital found that, among healthy adults, only those with measurable buildup of artery-hardening calcium would significantly benefit from cholesterol-lowering (statin) treatment.  Giving these strong drugs for “preventative-measures only” to healthy adults is not recommended.  Hopkins investigators said, “Our results tell us that only those with calcium buildup in their arteries have a clear benefit from statin therapy.  Those who are otherwise healthy and have no significant calcification should, with their physician, focus on aggressive lifestyle improvements instead of early initiation of statin medications.  The statin drugs should not be approached like diet and exercise as a broadly based solution for preventing coronary heart disease.”

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