Medindia

X

Do Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Really Help?

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  December 22, 2010 at 11:06 PM Cholesterol News   - G J E 4
Study done by the Johns Hopkins University, US, suggests that many people may not benefit from statins. It is because of our calcium levels and not cholesterol. While another new evidence has linked ­statins with severe depression and suicide.
 Do Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Really Help?
Do Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Really Help?
Advertisement

Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs that are prescribed to patients who have more than 20% chance of heart attack or stroke. After studying about 950 men and women, researchers found that statins may be helpful for patients who have calcification in blood vessels. Calcification occurs due to a combination of genes and ageing accompanied by poor lifestyle like unhealthy diet, smoking and lack of exercise. Calcium hardens the arteries thereby increasing the risk of hypertension, heart attack and stroke.

Advertisement
Michael Blaha, who led the study, said, "Our results tell us that only those with calcium build-up in their arteries have a clear benefit from statin therapy."

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All