statins

There's a disturbing item in the news from Japan where at least five people have died (more likely to follow) of kidney fa

The era of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins began in 1987 when lovastatin (Mevacor) was approved. Although widely used, these drugs are not without some controversy.

Before jumping into the study, we need to understand how elevated cholesterol causes cardiovascular problems. If the truth is told, sharing this information was one of the reasons I chose the study to share.

Statin use is ubiquitous, and a careful read of the literature will demonstrate some small percentage of each clinical trial having increased or decreased risk of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease (AD).

One of the many difficulties in treating cardiovascular disease is patient compliance with medication regimens.

Quick quiz, what side-effects, if any, concern you about the use of statins, those medications designed to lower our cholesterol?  Most people would mention the most common side effect, muscle aches or myalgia that occur in roughly 11% o

It seems like everyone is on a statin, at least in my neighborhood. It is used by an estimated 70 million Americans, a third of our adult population.

There are two kinds of cholesterol, HDL (the "good" kind) and LDL (the "bad" kind).

A few years ago we profiled a meta-analysis in The Lancet that supported the notion that even healthy adults could benefit from taking statin drugs (which lower L