Millions of patients may be on statins needlessly
Date published: 23rd December 2013
Most patients are put on statins because they have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other conditions such as diabetes.
But the study of almost 7,000 adults found that the risk factors were not an accurate way of predicting the likelihood of a heart attack or a stroke.
Scans to examine the build-up of calcium in the arteries were far better at identifying patients who would suffer a cardiac event, researchers found.