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Millions of patients may be on statins needlessly

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10535...

From The Telegraph

A study published in the European Heart Journal suggests millions of patients put on the medications may be being “over treated” - exposing them to potential side effects - while other patients who are more likely to suffer a heart attack are not being targeted.

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.

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