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Cholesterol-lowering Drugs Questioned

The use of cholesterol-lowering medication is under question. Pertti Happonen, a professor at Kuopio University, said in a YLE Radio News interview that the use of these medicines is debatable.

He admits that medicine containing statin lowers cholesterol and decreases the possibility of death by heart attack. However, he feels these drugs may be unnecessary if a patient's risk of heart disease is not significant. He adds that there is no proven link between lowering cholesterol and heart disease.

A working group from the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim recommends that high cholesterol treatments be given to Finns at great risk of heart and vascular disease. Nearly half a million Finns take cholesterol-lowering medication and over 3 million have elevated cholesterol.

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