When the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced its new guidelines for prescribing statin drugs to prevent heart disease, they were greeted as a big advance. Before long, though, analysts began to question whether they would really help those who need them most, or whether the guidelines would lead to significant overprescribing. We talk with cardiologist Steve Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic to get his take on this big controversy.
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Guests: Steven Nissen, MD, is chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the co-author, with Mark Gillinov, MD, of Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need.
Christopher Gardner, PhD, is Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. The photo is of Dr. Gardner. His delicious Gypsy Soup recipe can be found in our book, Recipes & Remedies From The People’s Pharmacy.
Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is Director of Fellowship for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona. She has served as Chair of the United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements–Botanicals Expert Committee and on the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Her website is www.drlowdog.com
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