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Concerns about the Cardiovascular Risk Calculator

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently released new guidelines for lowering cholesterol. Kim Allan Williams, vice president of the American College of Cardiology, and chief of cardiology at Rush University School of Medicine, explains concerns about the risk calculator included in the guidelines, and what it means for people who are concerned about their cholesterol levels.

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Dr. Kim Allan Williams

Comments [7]

@mgduke"

"Statins function also significantly as anti-inflammatories."

Aren't aspirin's anti-inflammatory properties comparable to statins for the risk and price differential?

e.g.: http://www.bmj.com/content/327/7426/1264

Nov. 20 2013 12:59 AM
Tim from Nyack

Everybody should look up Ansel Keys and tell me how screwed up the medical community is. The guy "doctored" his results and we've been living with the consequences for 50 years.

Nov. 19 2013 11:13 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Tim, it isn't 100% 1 way or the other, on any of those things.

Siahro, that's oversimplified. It depends on the type of cholesterol.

Nov. 19 2013 11:13 AM

Statins function also significantly as anti-inflammatories.

Nov. 19 2013 11:06 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

They put me on Lipitor for a number of years, and then I quit taking it a few years back. I believe the cholesterol threat was way overstated. Quitting smoking, quitting sugar, and getting your weight down is probably the better answer.

Nov. 19 2013 11:06 AM
Siahro from upstate

It is pretty well known that statins actually increase the risk of heart disease. CHOLESTEROL does not cause heart disease. It's a falsely reported and propagated theory that was blown out of proportion in the 80s.

Nov. 19 2013 11:04 AM
Tim from New York

Isn't it true that studies have shown that drugs that only reduce cholesterol (LDL) do not reduce the risk of developing cardio vascular disease?

Since statins also have anti-inflammatory properties and have been show to reduce CVD, doesn't this point to anti-inflammatories really being the benefit and not reducing cholesterol?

Nov. 19 2013 10:58 AM

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