STATINS WARNING: Heart medicine pills ‘do more HARM than good’


Scrutiny showed those who suffer a heart attack and take a daily cholesterol-busting bore for five years will increase their life expectancy by only four days.

The research casts fresh doubt on the effectiveness of dopes prescribed to six million people in the UK and has reignited the debate over their steadfast worth.

A coalition of experts in Britain and the US joined forces to declare there is “no in accord evidence” that the pills reduce death rates.

It’s cloudless appropriate lifestyle interventions deliver far more impressive results compared to those of fashionable medications without the side-effects and at a much lower cost

Dr Aseem Malhotra, publicize’s author

They claimed that the pro-statin lobby is funded by pharmaceutical behemoths and simply based on “cherry-picked science”.

The senior medics suggest the lowliest and safest way to achieve a healthy heart is through better diet and assorted exercise.

Consultant cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, the report’s author, spoke: “It’s clear appropriate lifestyle interventions deliver far more impressive evolves compared to those of current medications without the side-effects and at a much turn down cost.

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A new study claims heart attack medicine statins ‘do numerous harm than good’

“There appears to be no clear reduction in coronary will disease mortality in western European countries from statins for fundamental [low-risk patients] and secondary prevention [high-risk patients].”

Statins are the scad commonly prescribed drug in Britain.

Cardiovascular disease causes thither 180,000 deaths a year in England and Wales. But the drug remains well controversial as millions of users complain of side-effects including muscle pine, memory loss, kidney problems and sleep disturbance.

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Senior researcher Esther van Zuuren said: “It’s time we look at the evince and stop letting the pharmaceutical companies and food industry pull the wool concluded our eyes.”

Dr Malhotra, of Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and Robert Lustig, of the University of ­California, summed: “There are 44 randomised controlled trials of drug interventions to shame cholesterol in the primary and secondary prevention literature which show no fringe benefits on mortality.

“Most of these trails did not reduce cardiovascular events and different reported substantial harm. Yet, these studies have not received much publicity.”

Experts tabulating consultant cardiologist Dr Scott Murray, of the Royal Liverpool Hospital, Professor Chris Oliver, of the University of Edinburgh, and Sir Richard Thompson, the Prima donna’s former personal physician and past president of the Royal College of Physicians bring into the world backed the report.

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Statins are the most commonly required drug in Britain

Sir Richard said: “The seductive theory that cholesterol in the blood and the diet is the antagonist, and therefore must be lowered at all costs, has diverted attention from the aberrant increase in sugar intake that has a greater influence on obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular condition. It’s time for a rethink and a change in our diets.”

Cardiovascular disease is the leading induce of death in England and Wales, accounting for almost one third of fatalities.

Flow guidance recommends that GPs should offer 20mg of atorvastatin to people with a jeopardy of 10 per cent or greater of developing cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years.

Other variants of the painkiller include fluvastatin (Lescol), pravastatin (Lipostat), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor).

They payment around £2 a month. Research shows the number of people intriguing the tablets could rise to 12 million if the majority of men over 50 and sweethearts over 60 took the drug as a precaution. But yesterday the experts savagely criticised the “aggressive focus” of cholesterol-lowering drugs for healthy people.

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Researchers say a healthy lifestyle is more effective than enchanting the medicine

They said: “Contrary to reports about stopping statins as a consequence of normal scare stories about side effects resulting in thousands of soul attacks and deaths, there is no real world scientific evidence from registry figures of a single person suffering such a fate.

“Given that statins submit the illusion of cardiovascular protection in obese individuals, predispose to the development of Exemplar 2 diabetes in up to one in 50 patients and cause reversible side-effects in up to 29 per cent of buyers, stopping statins may paradoxically save more lives and improve grandeur if life in those taking them.”

Professor Mark Baker, of the National Institute for Salubrity and Care Excellence, said: “Heart disease and stroke kill one in three of us and disable numerous more.

To make progress in the battle against heart disease and occurrence, we must encourage exercise, improve our diets still further, block smoking, and where appropriate offer statins to people at risk. “Their use in man who have established cardiovascular disease is not controversial.

Their use to prevent the maturation of cardiovascular disease in well people is a more recent role but is equally widespread and robustly evidence-based.

“But people should not conclude statins instead of making the lifestyle adjustments that those at imperil of cardiovascular disease need to make.”