New evidence shows bempedoic acid works to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks, without the muscle pain that some people suffer when taking statins.
Millions of people are prescribed statins to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, but many would rather take supplements instead. A new study shows statins are much more effective.
Wake Forest Baptist Health is teaming with the Duke University Medical Center to study the benefits and risks of cholesterol-lowering drugs for elderly adults.
Patients and doctors should have nuanced conversations about the benefits and risks of statins before deciding to start them. The drugs can reduce heart attack odds but also carry some side effects.
The injectible drug Repatha is spectacularly good at lowering cholesterol. But the first big clinical trial of its ability to prevent heart attack and stroke finds smaller benefits.
About a third of people over the age of 79 are taking a cholesterol-lowering statin to prevent the first occurrence of a heart attack or stroke. Proof is scant that the benefits outweigh the risks.
Statins made her feel wretched, so she took a DNA test to find out why. But even the doctor with the genetic testing company admits that the test doesn't tell you much more than you already know.
The latest cholesterol guideline identifies more people as candidates for treatment with statins. But the decision about taking a daily pill to reduce heart disease risk is more personal than ever.
Many older people are taking a lot of meds, and some drugs may not be doing them much good. When terminally ill people went off statins, they said they felt better. And it didn't increase their risk.