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New Cholesterol Guidelines => Statin Nation

New Cholesterol Guidelines => Statin Nation | Healing Chronic Pain & Disease | Scoop.it

Ch12.8 Million more adults are eligible for statin therapy based on a new study
attempting to determine the effect of new ACC/AHA guidelines
for the management of cholesterol, with the increase seen mostly
among older adults without cardiovascular disease. Among adults
60 and 75 years without cardiovascular disease, the percentage
eligible for such therapy would increase from 30.4% to 87.4%
among men and from 21.2% to 53.6% among women.

Statin Nation - graphic is from Cardiosource  World News at http://www.joomag.com/magazine/cardiosource-worldnews-april-2014/0842627001398192120

Via Seth Bilazarian, MD
askdrmaxwell's insight:

Cholesterol guidelines have gotten so low, few people can meet them, thus they are prescribed statin drugs. 

Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, May 25, 2014 7:53 PM

Are you among the 12.8 million Americans for whom statin is now recommended?

The new atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk calculator (ASCVD) is available as a smartphone app at 



online at:


Use the risk calculator and the current guidelines recommend treatment with statin cholesterol lowering medication  if the 10 year risk of stroke MI or other vascular disease is greater than 7.5% based on this calculator.


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Do Statins cause dementia?

Do Statins cause dementia? | Healing Chronic Pain & Disease | Scoop.it

Adults with no history of cognitive dysfunction treated with statins were included from high-quality randomized controlled trials and prospective cohort studies after formal bias assessment. Sixteen studies were included in qualitative & 11 in quantitative synthesis.

Short-term trials did not show a consistent effect of statin therapy on cognitive end points. Long-term cognition studies included 23,443 patients with a mean exposure duration of 3 to 24.9 years. Three studies found no association between statin use and incident dementia, and 5 found a favorable effect. Pooled results revealed a 29% reduction in incident dementia in statin-treated patients.

Conclusion In patients without baseline cognitive dysfunction, short-term data are most compatible with no adverse effect of statins on cognition, and long-term data may support a beneficial role for statins in the prevention of dementia.

Via Seth Bilazarian, MD
Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, January 19, 2014 1:43 PM

Patients are understandably concerned that a medicine might cause problems with their ability to think and function as they age.  For proponents  (like me) of statin type cholesterol lowering medicines the long-term benefit of improved vascular health provided by statins is compelling.  The theoretical benefit on long term brain health from improved vascular health is also interesting but conflicts with some reports taht memory might be effected by statin use.  The authors from Johns Hopkins have provided a useful review of the literature and concluded that statins are neutral to positive for long term brain health and function, and may "support a beneficial role for statins in the prevention of dementia".

Sandy Whelan, ADC, QDCS's curator insight, April 25, 2015 6:49 PM

Food for thought...