A new study by cardiologists at The University of Kansas Hospital shows that the heavily advertised cholesterol drug ezetimibe (brand name Zetia; in combination with simvastatin: Vytorin) doesn’t provide all of the benefits suggested in the ads. The study appears in The Journal of Clinical Medical Research.
Ezetimibe is known to lower LDL cholesterol in many patients, but does not have well-defined benefits such as reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke or total mortality. Higher LDL levels are associated with greater risk for a heart attack. But the study involving 3,827 patients showed while ezetimibe did lower LDL cholesterol by 12 percent, it had no measurable effect on total mortality.
In one of the largest studies of its kind, Vacek and his researchers analyzed patient records going back eight years. The intent was to look at the effect of statins alone (such as simvastatin, lovastatin, and others) which work by reducing the production of LDL, the so called “bad cholesterol,” in the liver vs. ezetimibe, which works by blocking cholesterol absorbsion in the GI tract.
“It’s important to do studies like this. People take expensive medications that may have significant side effects, but may receive no benefit. Also the use of these drugs may detract from the use of others that are effective,” said Vacek. “Data such as this is key to cost-effective and outcomes based medical decision making.”
Ecology health center recommends a more natural aproach to help lowering cholesterol
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Policosanol – is a well-tolerated mixture of long-chain aliphatic alcohols derived from sugar cane wax. and promotes:
– healthy lipid metabolism,
– triglyceride support,
– platelet function, and
– antioxidant protection for cardiovascular health