June 30, 2009

Statins can reduce cardiovascular impact

A non-profit senior health organization says the use of statins might significantly reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease in the United States.

The Senior Center for Health and Security has released a white paper saying the adverse health and financial impact of cardiovascular disease -- the number one killer of men and women in the United States -- can be significantly reduced through the well monitored use of statins.

The paper explores the ramifications of heart disease and stroke, and the role the cholesterol-lowering statins can play in addressing them. The organization said physician supervised diet and exercise programs, along with the correct statin for each patient, can significantly lower the risk of heart disease, help prevent heart attack and stroke, and reduce healthcare expenditures.

Meeting your cholesterol goal is a top priority for good heart health, SCHS Policy Director Al Cors said. There are many different statin options available and it's important to talk with your doctor to determine which statin is the right statin to help you reach that goal.

The organization said well-monitored statin use can also result in lower healthcare costs.

The white paper is available at http://www.seniorsforcures.org/6-22-09_statins.html.