May 19, 2010

Statins May Also Help To Thin The Blood

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, Heart disease tips, New Heart Studies, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:33 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

People with heart disease should already know the huge importance of taking a statin drug (Liptior, Zocor, Crestor, simvastatin, etc.).  Statins are prescribed to nearly everyone with heart disease because they significantly reduce the chance of future heart attacks.  Statins are also used for reducing high cholesterol and lowering the chances of stroke.  A new study has now shown that statins also lower a person’s risk for serious clotting problems such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism.  DVT’s can be relatively benign since they are merely a blood clot in a vein in the leg.  However, the clot may dislodge and travel to the lungs leading to a possibly fatal Pulmonary Embolism.  A clot in the lungs prevents oxygen exchange from the lungs into the blood system.  10% of patients with this problem die within an hour and 30% more die later from recurrence.

The fact that statins reduce the risk of these 2 additional problems suggests that these popular drugs may help to keep the blood from clotting.  So, not only do they lower cholesterol and reduce your chances of heart attack and stroke but they also help to keep your blood from forming deadly clots in the lungs!

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