How much longer will you live if you take a statin?

This is a great piece that shows how the side effects of statin drugs may not outway the potential benefits.

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

How much longer will you live if you take a statin?

About a year ago I submitted a paper to the BMJ entitled ‘Statins in secondary prevention, lives saved or lives extended.’ To be more accurate, I was the lead author of the paper. So I should say ‘we’ submitted a paper. I have to report that the paper was rejected, re-written and rejected again. In the end I couldn’t get it published.

The main aim of the paper was to point out that the most important reason why someone would take a ‘preventative medicine’ of any sort, was to increase their life expectancy. The question ‘how much longer will I live if I take this tablet for, say, five years?’ Seems a reasonable question to ask and, in turn, have answered. Interestingly no patient has ever asked me this question, so I have never…

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The Joy of Pain and Toil

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As usual, I am thinking about pain and my patients today.  Since it is the week of Easter I thought I would look for some inspiration in the scripture.  This is what I found:

Psalm 90: 9-10

All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

A bit grim…

However, I think there is actually a message of hope here for people suffering from chronic pain.  Continue reading

10 Things You Need to Know About Prescription Pain Killers Now

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Opioid pain medications are frequently prescribed drugs for conditions such as back, neck, knee, shoulder and post-surgical pain, just to name a few. Unfortunately, many people do not know much about these medications, which include:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycontin
  • Fentanyl
  • Dilaudid
  • Demerol
  • Percocet
  • Vicadin
  • Lortab
  • Norco

Here are the top 10 things you need to know about opioid pain medication. Continue reading

February Newsletter

How to Help Prevent Heart Disease – At Any Age

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You’re never too young— or too old — to take care of your heart.

Preventing heart disease (and all cardiovascular diseases) means making smart choices now that will pay off the rest of your life.

Lack of exercise, a poor diet, and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years. All persons at any age can benefit from simple steps to keep their heart healthy during each decade of life. Here’s how:

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