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Heart disease and Statins

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 08, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I've heard and read so much about the use of statins and healthy people with high cholesterol, but I can't seem to find anything about the positive effect statins have on people (especially women) who have already suffered a heart attack. Do statins really help prevent a second heart attack? Can someone direct me to studies that prove the effectiveness of statins on patients who have had a cardio event? What about heart patients who have made a diet change to low-carb/high fat? How long will it take for the blood work of these individuals to normalize? Are there any natural ways (supplements, etc.) to prevent a second cardio event other than statins?

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on December 20, 2012
at 09:41 PM

Here is another http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1195535#ira120005f2 And I can't believe that people would be so careless in making major medical recommendations - I'm glad you're taking all this advice with a grain of salt. Even Chris Kresser states that "statins do save lives in people with pre-existing heart disease"

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on December 20, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I think the Scandiavian Simvastatin Study from 1994 is generally considered to be the landmark study that established statins' role in preventing second heart attacks. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7968073?dopt=Abstract

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on December 06, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Low carb, but don't forget the protein either. Very important. The only thing I'd add to that list is raw fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kim chi, etc., to supercharge the digestive system and immune system. It's all connected.

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on November 10, 2012
at 01:48 AM

Advice taken. I am just gathering information. I am back on my full statin meds after a dismal LDL of 4.17. I am discouraged with the results of the blood test, but I do not have enough knowledge to counter my cardiologist. I will continue with my Paleo lifestle and hope that my body will work with the diet.

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on November 09, 2012
at 12:20 AM

If my memory serves, you have stents and have had a heart attack, right? Please be extra careful with how you proceed. You're in a different risk category than most of us here. You maybe need to consult closely with a cardiologist. I'm just worried that you're going to get advice here that doesn't take your specific situation into full consideration.

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on November 08, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Other than a low carb and high fat diet, regular exercise,sleep, decrease stress, CoQ10, fish oil, vit D,what would you suggest

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on December 20, 2012
at 06:10 PM

"High cholesterol" is a disease that only exists in a doctor's office. It's the only disease that requires you to have a doctor.

Statins cause diabetes and psychological+hormonal issues.

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on December 20, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I would personally never take statins no matter what kind of cardiovascular condition I was in because there's no evidence they prevent cardiovascular related deaths and the side effects can be pretty bad, especially for women.

Also, cholesterol itself is not bad. It repairs your arteries and without it you'd die. The problem is that if your body does not have the nutrients to properly maintain the lipoproteins that transport the cholesterol through your body, then they can get stuck in artery walls and eventually cause blockages. Statins simply reduce the amount of cholesterol your liver produces, but doesn't do anything to help prevent the cholesterol from getting stuck in artery, which explains why they don't prevent cardiovascular related deaths.

If I remember correctly, increased saturated fat intake has been strongly associated with larger LDL particle sizes (which is what you want to prevent buildup in the arteries), which makes sense because lipoprotiens are made up partially of lipids and transport lipids in the bloodstream. Just make sure to get it from natural sources like beef or coconut oil, not processed sources like soybean oil. Also avoid things like smoking, and limit intake of carbs to once or twice a day if you're going to eat them at all (i.e. no sipping on soda throughout the day. It does more than just rot your teeth). Fasting can also improve cardiovascular health, in addition to helping you lose weight if you need to.

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on November 08, 2012
at 03:36 PM

The "take a statin" thing is pretty much media hype/marketing scam. There are many other, more natural ways to improve heart health.

691e7096ed20fa1c62810068383bc28a

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on November 08, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Other than a low carb and high fat diet, regular exercise,sleep, decrease stress, CoQ10, fish oil, vit D,what would you suggest

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 06, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Low carb, but don't forget the protein either. Very important. The only thing I'd add to that list is raw fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kim chi, etc., to supercharge the digestive system and immune system. It's all connected.

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