The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

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

Monday, 1 October 2012

Statin users at risk of deep vein thrombosis

This study was published in BMC Geriatricts 2011 Feb 22;11:8

Study title and authors:
Incident venous thromboembolic events in the Prospective Study of Pravastatin in the Elderly at Risk (PROSPER).
Freeman DJ, Robertson M, Brown EA, Rumley A, Tobias ES, Frölich M, Slagboom PE, Jukema JW, de Craen AJ, Sattar N, Ford I, Gaw A, Greer IA, Lowe GD, Stott DJ.
Centre of Population and Health Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

This study can be accessed at:

The study aimed to determine the effect of pravastatin on venous thromboembolic events (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) in older people. The study included 5.699 men and women aged 70-82 who were followed for an average of 3.2 years.

The study found that statin users had a 42% increased risk of venous thromboembolic events compared to those who did not use statins.