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Does taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) reduce my risk of sudden death over a placebo pill if I have a high risk of having a heart attack in the next ten years?


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MedHead Message:

Everyone seems to have an opinion on “statins”, the heart medications used to not only lower cholesterol, but also definitively lower your risk of dying from a heart attack. This effect is dampened as we age into our 80’s and 90’s. It’s now only $10 per month for some of the statins, and Lipitor is now generic. Please, please, avoid listening to crackpots. If you’re ten year heart attack risk is more than 10% and you have a family history of heart attacks, or you have had previous heart problems, just do it.


1. Comparative benefits of statins in the primary and secondary prevention of major coronary events and all-cause mortality: a network meta-analysis of placebo-controlled and active-comparator trials Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2013 Aug;20(4):641-57. doi: 10.1177/2047487313480435. Epub 2013 Feb 27. 2. Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication Released November 2016 3. https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/statin-use-in-adults-preventive-medication1 3. A systematic review and economic evaluation of statins for the prevention of coronary events Health Technol Assess. 2007


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