November 1st, 2019

Podcast 240: Overuse of statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular events

(6 votes, average: 3.67 out of 5)

Running time: 23 minutes

Paula Byrne set out to understand what the available data tell us about how many people are taking statins for primary prevention — and how much good is it likely doing them?

Also, how do you discuss their possible harms and benefits with patients?

Links:

Paula Byrne and colleagues’ analysis in The BMJ

Kausik Ray meta analysis in JAMA Internal¬† Medicine

Kausik Ray 2010 Clinical Conversations interview

NEJM Journal Watch General Medicine comparison of statin guidelines

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