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Posts Tagged ‘ statins ’

A Different View on the Value of Statins

March 25, 2015

Do you like to take pills? I don’t. I bet most family physicians would say they have some patients who should be better at taking pills and some who love taking pills too much. For people who don’t like taking pills, what would a trade-off look like? If you were given...
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Heart Association Scare Tactics Revealed

March 1, 2015

patients The American Heart Association (AHA) recently proposed new guidelines for all doctors to screen and treat for high cholesterol. For doctors and patients to follow this would result in a large increase in the number of Americans taking statins. One of the things I like about the new proposal is that...
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New Cholesterol Guidelines — A Tale of Two Countries

November 18, 2013

The American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology just published new guidelines for screening and treating cholesterol. In some ways these guidelines are more like the British guidelines. Instead of setting up doctors and patients to fail by calling for certain cholesterol number targets as in the old U.S. guidelines (LDL level...
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Prevent versus Delay

October 23, 2010

A commenter (I believe a physician) on one of my posts wrote the following: I can prevent heart attacks and strokes (caused by atherosclerosis – “blockage”) in people (minimal cost) who have NO symptoms. If I wait for their heart attack or stroke – it costs a WHOLE lot more. The...
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Time Magazine Doesn’t Understand

October 17, 2010

The science is a little complex, but the reporter should still get the bottom line right. A story by Time.com entitled Study: Putting More People on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Could Save Money was published Sept. 27, 2010. It referenced Stanford researchers who published a study on the cost-effectiveness of statins to treat...
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