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Statin Drugs linked to deaths

February 7, 2011

Dr W C Douglas

Cholesterol meds in death link

You do everything your doctor orders and STILL keel over — doesn’t seem fair, does it?

Well, life’s not fair — and death isn’t, either… because a new study confirms that hemorrhagic stroke patients who take cholesterol meds actually face a higher risk of a second hemorrhagic stroke.

And since hemorrhagic strokes are the deadliest kind, I don’t need to tell you the odds of walking away from two of those things.

Researchers plugged data from two clinical trials into a computer that was able to simulate the conditions and events that could lead to stroke, heart disease, death, and more in patients who’ve already suffered a hemorrhagic stroke.

They found that cholesterol-lowering statins increase the risk of a second stroke by between 14 and 33 percent, with those who suffered bleeding in the cerebrum facing the highest risk, according to the study in the Archives of Neurology.

Now, I’m not one to bow down before every little prediction made by a computer. I may not be from Missouri, but you need to “show me” the real-world data — and the real-world data on this is every bit as ugly as what the computer calculated.

Even the SPARCL trial, which was funded by statin-loving Pfizer, found that patients who suffer a hemorrhagic stroke and take these meds have a higher risk of a second one.

But forget SPARCLs and computers — because the fact is, no one really needs a statin in any situation, real or simulated.

These meds have been linked to serious muscle problems, kidney and liver damage, and even cataracts — and you don’t have to be a stroke survivor to face those risks.

They can happen to anyone who takes a statin.

If you’ve been with me a while, you know how I feel about cholesterol. For you new readers out there, here’s how to handle your own cholesterol worries: Stop worrying.

If you’re at a normal weight and eating a healthy diet rich in fresh animal fats, your total cholesterol should be between 200 and 300. The real problems begin when you fall BELOW that!

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 16, 2011 7:36 am

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you’re talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly also visit my site =). We could have a link exchange arrangement between us!

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