Patients refuse to take statins – is this a myth or a reality?
Cardiovascular diseases are the cause of death worldwide. About 18 million people died of cardiovascular disease in 2017, which accounted for 35% of all deaths. Among them, ischemic heart disease and stroke were 7.4 and 6.7 million. According to the world standards of treatment, one third of coronary heart disease is associated with high cholesterol, the cause of which is the patients’ refusal to take statins. In the work of Peter Lansberg (2018), issues of not only effectiveness but also complications in the use of statin therapy are discussed. Does taking statins lead to hemorrhagic stroke? Acute memory loss is associated with the use of statins? Does taking statins lead to the development of diabetes? The data are contradictory, but is it a myth or a reality? The answers to these questions can be found in the paper “Nonadherence to statins: individualized intervention strategies outside the pill box” (Peter Lansberg, 2018)