New Guidelines Set for Statin Medications
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Heart disease sufferers – read closely! New guidelines have recently been released that may put another 13 million people on prescription statin medications to treat heart disease. The traditional guidelines that were used in the past to diagnose heart conditions have been “widened”, meaning that if you weren’t previously prescribed cholesterol medication during your last doctor visit, the story may change at your next appointment.
According to the data, which was based on heart disease risk factors and heart disease rates among 3,773 people in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 – 2010, 56 million Americans between the ages of 40 years old and 75 years old would be eligible for statins. With the previous guidelines, only 43.2 million people were given this drug. The new guidelines now aim to add another 13 million people to the roster of those on statin medications.
It’s interesting to note that most of these newly-prescribed patients, even those who do not have a history of heart disease, would be given the medication as “precautionary standard” to reduce the risk a potential heart attack.
This new development leads to the ongoing debate on preventative measures and taking medications that you may not necessarily need. Are you doing more harm for your body if you take drugs to “prevent” something that may be unlikely to even happen at all? Speak with your doctor before starting or changing your current prescription drug regimen.
Under the new guidelines, if a person’s risk of developing heart disease in the next 10 years is 7.5% or higher, they might benefit from taking a statin. It is still too soon to confirm if prescribing these extra 13 million people statin medications will actually end up saving the predicted half-million lives. The amount of people who will be prescribed statins to prevent heart disease is being tracked right now.
Statin Drugs Deplete Nutrients – CoQ10
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