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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Friday, 26 October 2012

Statin treatment increases the risk of death by 301% after balloon angioplasty

This study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology 1997 Oct;30(4):863-9
Study title and authors:
Effect of pravastatin on angiographic restenosis after coronary balloon angioplasty. The PREDICT Trial Investigators. Prevention of Restenosis by Elisor after Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty.
Bertrand ME, McFadden EP, Fruchart JC, Van Belle E, Commeau P, Grollier G, Bassand JP, Machecourt J, Cassagnes J, Mossard JM, Vacheron A, Castaigne A, Danchin N, Lablanche JM.
Division of Cardiology B, Hôpital Cardiologique, Lille, France.
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This study investigated the effects of pravastatin treatment after coronary balloon angioplasty. (Coronary angioplasty is accomplished using a balloon-tipped catheter inserted through an artery in the groin or arm to enlarge a narrowing in a coronary artery). In a multicenter, randomized, double-blind trial, 695 patients were randomized to receive pravastatin (40 mg/day) or placebo for 6 months after successful balloon angioplasty.

The study found that the patients on statin treatment had a 301% increased risk of death compared to the patients receiving placebo.