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Wider use of statins ‘disturbing’

Posted By admin On November 14, 2013 @ 11:35 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Nick Collins
London Telegraph [1]
November 14, 2013

Prescribing statins to millions more healthy people would make only a minimal difference to their average lifespan but risk exposing thousands to harmful side effects, a leading doctor has claimed.

Dr Aseem Malhotra, a cardiology specialist registrar at Croydon University Hospital, said he would be “disturbed” if Britain followed America in changing prescription guidelines to widen use of statins.

There is “no doubt” that the cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes in people with heart disease, he said, but the potential benefits of medicating millions more who are at low risk could be dramatically outweighed by the associated harms.

Side effects experienced by up to one in five patients include severe muscle aches, memory disturbance, sexual dysfunction, cataracts and diabetes.

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