Study title and authors:
Wilhelm Auerswald Atherosclerosis Research Group (ASF) Vienna, Institute for Diagnosis and Treatment of Atherosclerosis and Lipid Disorders (ATHOS), Vienna, Austria. email@example.com
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15025753
This study investigated the effect of statin treatment on professional athletes. The study included 22 professional athletes who were monitored for eight years.
The study found:
(a) Only six out of the 22 finally tolerated at least one member of the statin drugs (atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, simvastatin).
(b) In three of these six the first statin prescribed allowed training performance without any limitation.
(c) Changing the drug demonstrated that only two out of the 22 tolerated all of the statins examined.
These findings indicate that in sports performers only about 20% tolerate statin treatment without side-effects.
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