The deadly nature of ‘statin denial’

People who stop taking their statins because of a presumed adverse reaction are putting themselves at unnecessary and significant risk, say endocrinologists.

A retrospective study of 28,000 patients who reported side effects showed that about one-third discontinued their treatment within a year.

The incidence of myocardial infarction, stroke, or death from any cause was 13.9% among those who discontinued statins versus 12.2% among those who kept going.

The authors confirmed that “continued statin prescriptions after an adverse reaction were associated with a lower