Seniors are nearly four times more likely to be prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins than they were in 1999, and in many cases the drugs are being prescribed to the elderly who have no signs of heart disease, exposing them to potentially serious statin side effects. Statins are among the most prescribed drugs in the world. They are designed to drive down high cholesterol levels to help prevent heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular-related deaths. New guidelines have dramatically expanded by millions the number of patient who are now eligible to take the drugs. The guidelines offer a “risk calculator” to figure a ... Read More
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