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The cholesterol drugs known as statins are already wildly popular; now it looks like the use of one statin could be expanded to treat people with normal cholesterol levels.
An FDA advisory committee yesterday recommended using AstraZeneca’s Crestor to reduce the risk of heart disease in certain patients with normal cholesterol levels but elevated levels of something called c-reactive protein, or CRP. Here’s a story from Dow Jones Newswires.
It looks as though AstraZeneca began sponsoring the AHA in 2007. Why does this matter? Well, it's funny how in 2005, the AHA released a negative report about Crestor, AstraZeneca's cholesterol lowering medicine, which promptly led to a drop in Crestor's market share.
Now, after the sponsorship.....
Crestor Study Will Boost Statin Demand
In a study that will likely change medical practice, researchers reported that Crestor, a cholesterol-fighting statin made by AstraZeneca (AZN), reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease by a surprisingly robust 45% in people who do not have high cholesterol. The patients did have high levels of a protein associated with arterial inflammation that is not routinely measured.
Medical experts said the results, released Nov. 9 at the American Heart Association (AHA) meeting in New Orleans, will almost certainly expand the market for statins, already the world's best-selling drugs. They also will likely spark demand for a controversial and costly test for high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker for inflammation, which has some practitioners worried about the cost/benefit of extrapolating the research to the general population.
Wow! What a change of heart(pun intended) by the AHA. It's really that obvious.
You know what they say, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!"
Originally posted by Jim Scott
Apparently, according to many references on the web, cholesterol levels have nothing to do with heart disease and stroke. Several large studies have found no relationship. According to the web, you cannot find any large study that correlates high cholesterol with these problems.
The History? Two of the largest and most influencial studies on the prevalence and cause of heart disease were: The Seven Countries Study, Ancel Keys, et al.; The Frammingham Heart Study.
The Framingham Study never showed high cholesterol to be a risk factor in heart disease. And Ancel Key's purposefully dismissed those 'other' countries that did not comply with his preconcieved notion.
Originally posted by jawsismyfish
reply to post by DevolutionEvolvd
A way to reduce inflammation is to increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in relation to omega-6 fatty acids in your diet. Omega-3's, specifically EPA and DHA, are converted into less inflammatory prostaglandins than omega-6's. Omega-3/6 compete for the same enzymes, so by increasing the amount of 3 you can reduce the amount of 6 metabolized by those enzymes- which has the effect of reducing the overall inflammatory response.
Originally posted by bettermakings
Anti-inflamation is a good thing to help reduce heart disease, but the best thing to do is lower Calcium intake.
Little known is that high Calcium intake is a big cause of heart disease. They've known this for years but it's only getting out to the public now.
Originally posted by DevolutionEvolvd
Since inflammation is a serious risk, what kind of lifestyle and foods are anti-inflammatory?
LIFESTYLE: Meditation. Dr. DEAN CORNISH did those heart studies in the late 80s that showed how MEDITATION, being more OPEN/AVAILABLE emotionally helped reverse INFLAMMATION. Of course, this included DIETARY changes as well.
....and WATER. Many people are DEHYDRATED which dries the Cell up from the Inside.