Top doctors criticise plans to advise millions to take statins

A group of doctors have criticised plans to advise millions more people to take cholesterol-reducing statins. The drugs are offered to around seven million people in the UK who have a 20% risk of developing cardiovascular disease within 10 years.

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Statin plan 'intends to prevent lives being destroyed'

Proposals put forward by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which suggests more people could take statins, are "intended to prevent many lives being destroyed", a senior professor from the health body said.

Cardiovascular disease maims and kills people through coronary heart disease, peripheral arterial disease and stroke.

Together, these kill one in three of us. Our proposals are intended to prevent many lives being destroyed.

We have consulted on these proposals and the results of this consultation are currently being reviewed prior to publication of our final recommendations next month.

Our proposals are also being independently peer reviewed to ensure they are reliable and evidence-based.

– Professor Mark Baker, director of the centre for clinical practice at Nice

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