There is a battle raging in the medical community about whether statins should be used as a preventative treatment for those who have not yet been diagnosed with heart disease. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is now actively engaged in the debate, both pro and con, which is being widely reported.
My position has always been to treat each person as a unique case and to use all the tools at your disposal regardless of hard and fast rules. In this case I support the position taken by Drs Michael Blaha, Khurram Nasir, and Roger Blumenthal (Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, Baltimore, MD).
At what point and under what conditions did your doctor prescribe or suggest the use of a statin (before or after a diagnosis of heart disease). Did you agree?
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