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Benefits and Harms of Using Statins to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease


Yebyo, Henock Gebremedhin; Aschmann, Hélène E; Puhan, Milo Alan (2019). Benefits and Harms of Using Statins to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease. Annals of Internal Medicine, 170(1):1-24.

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What is the problem and what is known about it so far?
We know that people who smoke cigarettes are at risk for a heart attack, stroke, and other diseases of the blood vessels. So are those who have diabetes, an elevated level of cholesterol in the blood, and some other risk factors. It is even possible to predict a person's risk for these diseases by using that person's risk factors. Experts recommend that clinicians prescribe statin medications to prevent these diseases when a person's risk is above a specific level.

Abstract

What is the problem and what is known about it so far?
We know that people who smoke cigarettes are at risk for a heart attack, stroke, and other diseases of the blood vessels. So are those who have diabetes, an elevated level of cholesterol in the blood, and some other risk factors. It is even possible to predict a person's risk for these diseases by using that person's risk factors. Experts recommend that clinicians prescribe statin medications to prevent these diseases when a person's risk is above a specific level.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Internal Medicine, General Medicine
Language:English
Date:1 January 2019
Deposited On:15 Jan 2020 10:30
Last Modified:15 Jan 2020 10:31
Publisher:American College of Physicians
ISSN:0003-4819
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.7326/p18-0019

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