Coronary artery calcification has been found to be associated with cardiovascular events. In other words, there are more cardiovascular events when there is a higher coronary artery calcification score. The coronary calcium score can be measured with a coronary CT scan or a coronary intravascular ultrasound scan. Coronary scans are frequently ordered by cardiologists and primary care physicians. If the coronary CT scan is elevated, the doctor is most likely to prescribe a statin medication. You might think that a statin medication, if it was effective at treating and preventing heart disease, would be shown to decrease coronary calcium burden. Well, you would think wrong.
Statin drugs are the most profitable drugs in the history of Big Pharma. Presently, over 28% of all U.S. adults take a statin drug. Statins are prescribed by doctors to treat high cholesterol levels and heart disease. Furthermore, the Powers-That-Be proclaim that statins will prevent a healthy person from getting heart disease.
Remember, just because the Powers-That-Be continue to make the above statements does not make them true. In my new book, The Statin Disaster, I showed that statins fail nearly 99% who take them. For the vast majority who take them, statins do not prevent nor do they treat heart disease. However, the Powers-That-Be will go to any lengths to convince everyone that statins are effective for treating and preventing heart disease. A new study shows the fallacy of statin medications and the lengths the Powers-That-Be will go to convince us that statins do, in fact, work.
The study was reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2015:65:1273-82). Researchers studied eight prospective randomized trials using coronary intravascular ultrasound looking for serial changes in the calcium burden in the coronary arteries. The authors grouped the subjects into three groups; those treated with high-intensity statin therapy, low-intensity statin therapy, and no-statin therapy.
The scientists found that all three groups—no statins, high-intensity and low-intensity–were found to have significant increases in coronary calcium scores when the groups were compared to baseline. The high-intensity group had the largest calcium increase and the low-intensity statin group was next in line followed by the no-statin group.
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