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Statins Sometimes RAISE Stroke Risk

Statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs celebrated for their ability to prevent stroke and heart attack, may actually cause stroke in some patients. Patients who have already experienced an intracerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain) are more likely to experience another if they take statins, according to a new study. In these patients, the risks of taking a statin may outweigh the benefits, say the scientists who did the research.
Statin therapy may be riskier in patients whose bleeding occurred in the upper portion of the brain than in those whose bleeding occurred deep within the brain.
Several statins are now on the market, including familiar names like atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), and rosuvastatin (Crestor).
What explains the increased risk posed by statins? Researchers say a low cholesterol level achieved with statins might interfere with blood clotting, or that statins might have their own anticlotting properties.
In an editorial that accompanied the study, Duke University's Dr. Larry B. Goldstein underscored the conclusion that doctors shouldn't prescribe statins to people who have suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage. In the absence of new data to the contrary, statins should generally be considered off-limits to these patients. Doctors should be guided by the maxim of "primum non nocere."
Latin a little rusty? That means "first, do no harm."
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
Medications can be life saving and can also be life taking. We have synthesized more than 15,000 medications over a time period of just 60 years! Prior to this chemical medicines didn’t exist at all! These chemicals that we are therapeutically exposing to our cells we really have no idea their long term effects. This is why we so commonly hear about the latest medication being pulled from the market; it takes time for the negative effects to be seen. 
Medicines should be kept for when they are really needed and not used as prophylaxis to mitigate our poor living standards. Make Nature’s Diet your everyday diet and treat your body with food as opposed to chemicals.
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