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While statin use increased 68% (1999-2005), heart attacks increased 16%, strokes 45%!
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Statin use among US adults increased dramatically from 1999 to 2005 from 8% of people surveyed to 13.4% of people surveyed, a relative increase of 68%.
How much do you think this reduced heart attacks, strokes and coronary heart disease?
Would you be surprised to learn that during this time that:
Heart attacks increased from 3.4% to 3.7%, a relative increase of 16%!
Strokes increased from 2.0% to 2.9%, a relative increase of 45%!
Coronary heart disease increased from 2.8% to 3.7%, a relative increase of 32%!
Type 2 diabetes increased from 7.8% to 10.3%, a relative increase of 32%!
People with one or more of these conditions increased from 13.4% to 16%, a relative increase of 19%!
Do you believe that statins reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death?
I do not.
The results of the study mentioned above suggests the exact opposite.
Below is more evidence that statins are not the wonderful, life-saving drugs that we have been led to believe, but instead the exact opposite: that statins are causing harm.
More evidence that statins are causing harm
Here is more evidence that statins are causing harm.
In the first statin study called the the Expanded Clinical Evaluation of Lovastatin (EXCEL) study (1991), all-cause mortality was 2.8 times greater in people given lovastatin those given a placebo (0.50% vs 0.18%) during the first year of follow-up as noted in a 1992 paper published in the British Medical Journal titled Should there be a moratorium on the use of cholesterol lowering drugs?
“We have collected a wealth of information on cholesterol and statins from many published papers and find overwhelming evidence that these drugs [statins] accelerate hardening of the arteries and can cause, or worsen, heart failure.
“I cannot find any evidence to support people taking statins and patients who are on them should stop,” Prof. Harumi Okuyama from Nagoya City University in Nagoya, Japan, lead author of a recent review of more than 20 studies done with statins, was quoted as saying in the UK newspaper The Daily Express.
“In summary, statins are not only ineffective in preventing CHD [coronary heart disease] events but instead are capable of increasing [coronary heart disease] and heart failure,” according to a 2015 review of statin studies by Prof. Harumi Okuyama, Peter H. Langsjoen MD and others.
“With more than one million heart failure hospitalizations every year in the USA, the rapidly increasing prevalence of congestive heart failure is now described as an epidemic and it is likely that statin drug therapy is a major contributing factor,” according to a 2015 review of statin studies by Prof. Harumi Okuyama, Peter H. Langsjoen MD and others.
“After 2004–2005 [when new penalties were put in place regarding clinical trials in the EU], all clinical trials, performed by scientists relatively free of conflict of interest with pharmaceutical industries, reported… no significant beneficial effects were observed [with the use of statins] for the prevention of CHD [coronary heart disease],” according to a 2015 review of statin studies by Prof. Harumi Okuyama, Peter H. Langsjoen MD and others.
“Statins are being used so aggressively and in such large numbers of people that the adverse effects are now becoming obvious.
“These drugs should never have been approved for use.
“The long-term effects are devastating,” Peter Langsjoen, MD, a cardiologist from Texas and coauthor of a recent review paper of more than 20 studies done with statins, was quoted as saying in the UK newspaper The Daily Express.
“This study demolishes the argument that these drugs [statins] should be prescribed to anyone, as the harms [of statins] clearly outweigh any previously suggested benefits,” Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, author of The Great Cholesterol Con who has studied cardiovascular disease and statins for many years, was quoted as saying in the UK newspaper The Daily Express.
This article was originally posted on Dec 14, 2009. It has been updated and the video added.
Kuklina E, Yoon P, Keenan N. Trends in high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the united states, 1999-2006. JAMA. 2009 Nov 18, 302(19):2104-10.
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Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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