more research supporting a certain kind of drug therapy that could help those
with cardiovascular disease, and some doctors are recommending their patients
stay away from "Z-pack."
A new study questions whether raising a
person's good cholesterol reduces the risk of a heart attack.
Researchers in Massachusetts studied the genes of 170,000 people and
could not find a connection that raising good cholesterol, or HDL, leads to a decreased risk of heart
Scientists say more research is needed
into what role HDL may play in heart problems. There's new evidence that statin
drug therapy can benefit people without a history of cardio-vascular disease.
Researchers in London say the cholesterol fighting drugs can reduce the risk of
non-fatal heart attacks and strokes. Doctors say their findings confirm
that the benefits of widespread statin use outweigh the side effects.
And researchers have discovered a potential risk associated with the common
anti-biotic known as Z-pack. A study at VanderbiltUniversity found people who took the drug had a two
and half percent higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease in the first
Doctors say patients with an elevated risk of heart disease may want to
consider using a different antibiotic.
(Randall Pinkston - CBS News)