Large Review Finds Statins are Unlikely to Prevent Blood Clots After All
Big Pharma’s claims of statins’ cardiovascular benefits are crumbling under scientific scrutiny…again. A study last month discovered that the drugs accelerate arterial calcification, and now, a broad analysis finds that they are not likely to prevent blood clots. This is the latest evidence to indicate that the concept of statins being “wonder drugs” may actually be a myth.
Earlier study made headlines.
A 2009 study that made headlines reported that the statin rosuvastatin cut the risk of cardiovascular events resulting from blood clots in half. The problem with this finding is that it was based on blood clot related events from only a small number of patients. Nevertheless, these results boosted suggestions that the medication should be taken as a preventative measure.
Current broad analysis refutes the 2009 study.
To obtain more information about the possible benefits of statins, researchers analyzed 29 studies, which involved 100,000 participants who experienced more than 1000 cardiovascular events resulting from blood clots. Published in PLOS Medicine, the study found that blood clots occurred in 0.9 percent of people taking statins, while they occurred in 1.0 percent of those not taking statins. These results suggest that if statins have any preventive effect at all on blood clots, it is very small, which refutes the smaller study from 2009.
Experts express opinions on the findings
The authors concluded that although the current study provided a more detailed analysis of the effect of statins on the risk of blood clots, they were unable to validate the large reduction in risk indicated by some prior studies. However, a more modest reduction in blood clots cannot be ruled out, they added.
Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, expressed his opinion on the study more definitively. He explained that while the 2009 study showed the statin rosuvastatin might lower the risk of blood clots, findings in single studies can sometimes occur by chance. “By pooling a large amount of data on several different types of statins, this analysis shows that any significant protection against blood clots is highly unlikely,” he asserts.
In taking any medication, the benefits should always be weighed against the risks. As recent research appears to refute some of the purported cardiovascular benefits of statins, the scales seem to be tipping, with the benefits’ side becoming lighter and the risks’ side getting heavier.
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