Category Archives: Statin drugs

Are statins and omega-3s incompatible?

French researcher, Dr. Michel de Lorgeril, has been in the forefront of thinking and research into nutritional issues, including the Mediterranean Diet, the French Paradox, and the role of fat intake in cardiovascular health. In a recent review entitled Recent … Continue reading

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When MIGHT statins be helpful?

I spend a lot of my day bashing statin drugs and helping people get rid of them. But are there instances in which statin drugs do indeed provide real advantage? If someone follows the diet I’ve articulated in these posts … Continue reading

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Lipitor-ologist

One of the things I do in practice is consult in complex hyperlipidemias, the collection of lipoprotein disorders that usually, but not always, lead to atherosclerosis. First order of business: Make the diagnosis–familial combined hyperlipidemia, hypoalphalipoproteinemia, lipoprotein(a), familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia, … Continue reading

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Life without Lipitor

One of the most common reasons people come to my office is to correct high cholesterol values without Lipitor. (Substitute “Lipitor” with Crestor, simvastatin, Vytorin, or any of the other cholesterol drugs; it’s much the same.) In the world of … Continue reading

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The statin-free life

Matt came to me because his doctor couldn’t reduce his LDL cholesterol. His doctor had prescribed Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor, Crestor, even pravastatin, all of which resulted in incapacitating muscle aches and weakness within a week of starting. No surprise, Matt … Continue reading

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Statin drugs for everybody?

Who is better off? John takes Crestor, 40 mg per day: LDL cholesterol 60 mg/dlHDL cholesterol 60 mg/dlTriglycerides 60 mg/dlTotal cholesterol 132 mg/dl Or Sam: LDL cholesterol 60 mg/dlHDL cholesterol 60 mg/dlTriglycerides 60 mg/dlTotal cholesterol 132 mg/dl who obtained these … Continue reading

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Statin Diary

Here are a sampling of some of the comments I’ve received from people taking statin drugs: Barkeater said: On Lipitor since 1997, and pretty sure I had no side effects. Hey, I am a man, I don’t complain. Work has … Continue reading

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How apathy saved a life

John from California left this comment recently on my Wacky statin effects post. He tells such a vivid, compelling story that I had to pass it on. I started taking statins a couple of years ago. A friend told me … Continue reading

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Which statin drug is best?

I re-post a Heart Scan Blog post from one year ago, answering the question: Which statin drug is best? I still get this question from patients in the office and online, nearly always prompted by a TV commercial. So let … Continue reading

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Heart disease prevention for the helpless, ignorant, or non-compliant

The media outlets are gushing with the “research”/marketing spinoff of the JUPITER trial, an analysis conducted by Dr. Erica Spatz of Yale University, that suggests that statin use should be expanded to many millions more Americans. USA Today: Study: 11M … Continue reading

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