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    Friday, April 2, 2010

    Are Statin Medicines Good For Everyone?

    Statins like Lipitor have gotten great publicity-with some advocating putting it in the drinking water. New research,however, shows that statin drugs may negatively impact some patients with cardiac disorders. A new study presented at the 75th annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians found that statins benefit patients with systolic heart failure (SHF), but not those with diastolic heart failure (DHF). These patients experienced increased dyspnea, fatigue, and decreased exercise tolerance. “It is possible that statins would help patients with systolic heart failure more than patients with diastolic heart failure due to the cholesterol-lowering and anti-inflammatory effects of statins. US Pharm. 2009;34(12):10.

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