Answer to Health Care Crisis Can Save Lives, Money
New White Paper Reveals Power of Statins in Fighting Cardiovascular Disease
The white paper, Saving America’s Seniors With Statins: Solving a Health Care Crisis, explores the ramifications of heart disease and stroke in America, and the critical role that cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins can play in addressing it. Along with physician supervised diet and exercise programs, the correct statin for each individual patient can significantly lower the risk of heart disease, help prevent heart attack and stroke, and reduce health care expenditures.
“Meeting your cholesterol goal is a top priority for good heart health,” said SCHS Policy Director
Studies demonstrate that the six most widely used statins can save lives and lower health care costs, but the white paper notes that statins are not identical to each other prompting SCHS to urge patients, insurers and health care professionals to consider the different pharmacological properties of different statins in concert with differing patient risk factors including age, sex, race, heredity and other unique case considerations.
The SCHS paper notes several clinical studies of different statins in the report. A
Statin use can also result in lower health care costs, according to the white paper. For 2009, the cost of treating stroke and heart disease in the U.S., combined with lost industrial productivity due to disability and death, is estimated at
Cors stressed the need for comprehensive communication between patients, doctors and insurance providers, calling it critical to determining the best statin regimen for cardiovascular health. “Costs for brand name medicines and insurance formularies are always changing and the only way to know is through good communications,” Cors concluded. “Many patients don’t know they have affordable access to the most effective medications.”
The full report is available online at http://www.seniorsforcures.org/6-22-09_statins.html
SOURCE Senior Center for Health and Security