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Saturday 8 September 2012

Is Your Statin Drug Killing You?

Is your statin drug placing you in mortal danger? Unfortunately, it could be setting you up for heart failure as well as other conditions, including a deadly form of kidney disease. Many doctors believe high cholesterol is a main component of heart disease, and view cholesterol-lowering statins as life-saving drugs. Other physicians, however, report an increase in chronic heart failure which they connect with statins.

One doctor fighting to unmask the dangers of statins is board-certified Texas cardiologist Peter H. Langsjoen. "Statins kill people — lots of people — and they wound many, many more," Langsjoen wrote in an introduction to a citizen's petition filed with the FDA. Ten years ago, Dr. Langsjoen and other experts requested that the FDA require that statin drugs be labeled with a warning that they deplete the body of coenzyme Q10.

"All patients taking statins become depleted in coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) eventually — those patients who start with relatively low CoQ10 levels (the elderly and patients with heart failure) begin to manifest signs/symptoms of CoQ10 deficiency relatively rapidly — in 6 to 12 months," he wrote. "Younger, healthier people can tolerate statins for several years before getting into trouble with fatigue, muscle weakness and soreness (usually with normal muscle enzyme CPK tests), and most ominously — heart failure." 

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