Serious studies on the many risks of statins

I have decided to post a quick data rebuttal, after the publishing of a few misguided headlines (i.e ” Statins have virtually no side-effects, study finds”, and “Give statins to all over-40s, says heart surgery pioneer”, from the London Telegraph ).  This coincides with the wildly unsubstantiated recommendations being presented in prescribing statins . I felt I was…

Wider use of statins ‘disturbing’

Wider use of statins will have minimal benefit and could needlessly expose   thousands to severe side effects, doctors warn following change in US   prescription guidelines New US guidelines on statins, issued on Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, recommend that doctors should consider prescribing the drugs to all people…

Statins risk for women: Taking cholesterol-lowering drug for more than ten years ‘doubles chances of the most common breast cancer’

Previous studies had shown  cholesterol-lowering drugs can reduce the risk of certain cancers Research had only looked at women on drugs  for less than five years Experts say drugs could affect hormone  regulation which could lead to breast cancer By  Pat Hagan PUBLISHED: 16:17 EST, 19  July 2013 |  UPDATED: 18:05 EST, 19 July 2013…

Statins block the ability of exercise to improve fitness levels

Cholesterol-Lowering Drug May Reduce Exercise Benefits for Obese Adults, MU Study Finds May 15, 2013 Story Contact(s): Jesslyn  Chew, ChewJ@missouri.edu, (573) 882-8353 By Kate McIntyre COLUMBIA, Mo. – Statins, the most widely prescribed drugs worldwide, are often suggested to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease in individuals with obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which is…

Cholesterol-drugs cause unusual swellings within neurons resulting in cognitive disturbances

Contact: La Monica Everett-Haynes leverett@email.arizona.edu 520-626-4405 University of Arizona Research reveals possible reason for cholesterol-drug side effects University of Arizona researchers have identified a clue to explain the reversible memory loss sometimes caused by the use of statins, one of the most widely prescribed medications in the world.              IMAGE:   Of 1,040 drugs…

Cholesterol medicine affects energy production in muscles: Up to 75 per cent of patients

Painful side effects Up to 75 per cent of patients who take statins to treat elevated cholesterol levels may suffer from muscle pain. Scientists at the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen have now identified a possible mechanism underlying this unfortunate side effect. The results have just been published in the well-reputed Journal of American…

Free statins with fast food could neutralize heart risk, scientists say

2010 report posted for filing Contact: Sam Wong sam.wong@imperial.ac.uk 44-020-759-42198 Imperial College London Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge so that customers can neutralize the heart disease dangers of fatty food, researchers at Imperial College London suggest in a new study published this week Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs…

New insights into link between anti-cholesterol statin drugs and depression

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society Scientists are reporting a possible explanation for the symptoms of anxiety and depression that occur in some patients taking the popular statin family of anti-cholesterol drugs, and reported by some individuals on low-cholesterol diets. These symptoms could result from long-term, low levels…

Long-term effects of statin therapy could lead to transient or permanent cognitive impairment

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Nick Zagorski nzagorski@asbmb.org 301-634-7366 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Statins show dramatic drug and cell dependent effects in the brain Besides their tremendous value in treating high cholesterol and lowering the risk of heart disease, statins have also been reported to potentially lower the risks of other…

Statins may worsen symptoms in some cardiac patients: those with diastolic heart failure (DHF) experienced the opposite effect, including increased dyspnea, fatigue, and decreased exercise tolerance.

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Jennifer Stawarz jstawarz@chestnet.org 847-498-8306 American College of Chest Physicians Although statins are widely used to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular disorders, new research shows that the class of drugs may actually have negative effects on some cardiac patients. A new study presented at CHEST 2009, the 75th…

First comprehensive paper on statins’ adverse effects released: Benefits have not been found to exceed their risks in those over 70 or 75 years old, even those with heart disease

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego Provides evidence for reported side effects including muscle and cognitive problems A paper co-authored by Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and director of UC San Diego’s…

Statins increase risk of postoperative delirium in elderly patients: 28% Increase

Contact: Kristine Galka kristine.galka@ices.on.ca 416-480-4780 Canadian Medical Association Journal The use of statins is associated with a 28% increased risk of postoperative delirium in elderly patients, found University of Toronto professor Dr. Donald Redelmeier and colleagues in a retrospective cohort analysis involving more than 280 000 patients. Ontario’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) looked…