I suffer from atherosclerosis, angioplasty and two stents fitted around three years ago, so you would think I am an absolute natural candidate for statin drugs. Very few if any people benefit from statins, but people like me are almost always put on statins. Various HCP’s have tried over the years, but I have kept away from them. The reasons are numerous, but having read Dr. Malcolm Kendrick’s book The Cholesterol Con and having friends almost crippled by statins, I thought I would roll the dice and take my chances. Well it looks like I made the right decision three years ago, statins make atherosclerosis worse !
"A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis found that statin use is associated with a 52% increased prevalence and extent of coronary artery plaques possessing calcium.[i] This study, published on August 24th, was preceded only three weeks earlier by one in the journal Diabetes Care, which found that coronary artery calcification "was significantly higher in more frequent statin users than in less frequent users," among patients with type 2 diabetes and advanced atherosclerosis.
Coronary artery disease is one of the primary risk factors for heart attack and cardiac mortality, and calcification marks the end-stage of atherosclerosis, the gradual plaque-driven narrowing of the arteries, as the lumen (opening of the artery) can no longer compensate for the obstructive build-up of plaque by expanding, once the calcification process has taken place.
Statins are increasingly recognized to have profound cardiotoxic properties, despite their widespread use in the prevention and treatment of heart disease."
Bl***y Statins - best leave them alone I think. More and more we are hearing of such adverse bad news and side effects.
I am sure there are those out there who are happy taking statins and perhaps do not experience any ill side effects. However, with all the news, reviews and articles about them at the moment it must cast severe doubts. More and more we need to question our health care professionals.
Is this drug you want to prescribe me really necessary?
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