The new lipid guidelines

New guidelines for lipid management are out from the States. See them here, and check out the NEJM summary here.

 

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A summary of statins

Statins are now an essential part of the therapy for ischaemic heart disease, but what’s their role in primary prevention? This review of the evidence in this month’s JAMA gives a great overview.  Continue reading

Statins in the prevention of heart disease in people on dialysis

 

Statins are the wonder drug – their arrival was like the iPhone for mobile phones. They revolutionised not only cholesterol levels but cardiac events overall, and now are widely prescribed.

Despite their benefits in the general population, this review from the Cochrane Foundation published last month suggests that although statins lowered cholesterol in people treated with dialysis, they did not prevent death, heart attack or stroke.

Check out the updated review here.

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