Statins for healthy people. Why??

Just amazing how the mainstream medical community is pushing the boundaries on statins. Why you would think that medicine is being influenced by the multi-billion dollar statin market.

Please note that the supporters of more pill pushing like to use “relative risk reduction” and rarely provide the “absolute risk reduction”  statistics. 

 

…critics said the claim of cutting heart disease risk in half — repeated in news reports nationwide — may have misled some doctors and consumers because the patients were so healthy that they had little risk to begin with.

The rate of heart attacks, for example, was 0.37 percent, or 68 patients out of 8,901 who took a sugar pill. Among the Crestor patients it was 0.17 percent, or 31 patients. That 55 percent relative difference between the two groups translates to only 0.2 percentage points in absolute terms — or 2 people out of 1,000.

Stated another way, 500 people would need to be treated with Crestor for a year to avoid one usually survivable heart attack. Stroke numbers were similar.

“That’s statistically significant but not clinically significant,” said Dr. Steven W. Seiden, a cardiologist in Rockville Centre, N.Y., who is one of many practicing cardiologists closely following the issue. At $3.50 a pill, the cost of prescribing Crestor to 500 people for a year would be $638,000 to prevent one heart attack…. much more at the link

Risks Seen in Wider Use of Statins Like Crestor – NYTimes.com.

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