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Consumer Reports Health Questions Use of Statins By Children and Some Women
Date:6/29/2010

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  • A 2009 poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center suggests that consumers think otherwise.  Only half of consumers are correctly informed about evidence supporting prescription medicines used to treat children. One third (32%) of Americans are under the false impression that drugs to treat conditions in children have always been proven to be safe and effective in children.

  • Why Some Women Should Think Twice

    Today, 22 percent of Americans 45 or older take statins. There are many women within this group and some may have a low risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). That is an issue because understanding the benefit statins have for these women has not been clear-cut. Some research has been inconclusive due to the use of significantly fewer women than men in trials. And in some cases, trial results were not initially broken down according to gender. Other analyses have found that statin use did not appear to have a beneficial effect on total mortality for women with or without previous CVD. Consumer Reports BBD offers some considerations to help guide decision-making:  

    • Women with elevated LDL cholesterol and no other heart disease risk factors can determine their 10-year risk of heart attack by using a free online tool provided by the National Cholesterol Education Panel: http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/atpiii/calculator.asp
    • For women with already low or very low risk, as determined by the calculator, there are other actions they can take to reduce the risk of heart attack or heart disease, including stopping smoking, losing weight i
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