What's cholesterol, why does it matter and should you use cholesterol lowering drugs.
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Dr. Arthur Agatston: I’m Dr. Agatston Preventions from The Heart, and I would like to talk to you about Statin Drugs, these are drugs I’m sure you heard about like Lipitor, Crestor, Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor and these drugs lower your cholesterol dramatically and help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Many large studies have shown this to be true. But almost everyday in my practice I find patients who don’t want to take the Statin Drug that might save there life because they heard it’s bad for the liver or has other side effects. The Statin Drugs have been amazingly safe drugs. Liver function is very easily and actual damage to the liver is exceedingly rare and preventable. So, if your doctor recommend a Statin Drug because you are risk for a high attack in stroke please take his advice, they’re safe. Today the medications we’re using are safe, effective and often more very well in combinations. Often in combinations we can keep the dose lower then if we are just using one medication. So, please if your doctor recommend several drugs to lower blood pressure to help control your cholesterol remember, but we use to call a pharmacy many drugs can save your life. Ten years ago more scientist, physicians may prove fought the vitamins particularly Antitoxin vitamins will be helpful at preventing heart disease, stroke, many forms of cancer. And to try to prove this many large stage were perform. Well, the results are in, the vitamins the good news they don’t seem to heard us. The bad news, they don’t help prevent any of these diseases. And we’re beginning to understand why. The over the counter vitamins are provide a very small part of the nutrient value of whole foods. From getting a whole food you have literally thousands of micronutrients that interactive ways that we don’t understand but it’s the whole foods that predict heart disease in cancer. We haven’t yet learned had to isolate the vitamins and to give them to you in the pail. You cannot substitute a handful of vitamin pills for good nutrition.