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Avera Medical Minute: Statin Study Raises New Concerns Live 6/29/10

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A study done nearly two years ago called JUPITER (Justification for the Use of Statins in Primary Prevention) hinted at a new era in the use of statins.  It showed the cholesterol-busting drugs could be used to stave off heart-related deaths in many more people than those with high cholesterol.  Now, researchers behind a new review say that study could be flawed. They are finding no evidence of the "striking decrease in coronary heart disease complications" and have also called into question drug companies' involvement in such trials.

We asked Cardiologist Dr. Michael Hibbard with North Central Heart what that means for those of you taking drugs like Crestor or Lipitor.

Cardiologist Dr. Michael Hibbard with North Central Heart says, "First of all, the best way to lower your cholesterol is through diet and exercise. Secondly, these studies are always controversial. It's too early to say what the outcome is, but if you are on one of these statin drugs most likely it's because diet and exercise didn't work to lower your cholesterol. Don't panic, if you have questions talk to your doctor."

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