This Popular Drug Can Weaken Your Heart
Nearly HALF of adults are now taking this popular drug to protect against heart disease, yet this drug has actually been shown to weaken the heart. Are you or a loved one taking it?
We have reported in past articles how statin drugs, medications claimed to protect against heart disease, may actually put the heart at greater risk of disease. At least one study has shown these drugs are associated with calcification of the coronary arteries, a serious risk factor for a lethal heart attack.
The use of statin drugs, such as Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, etc., can also lead to heart failure because it depletes the body of CoQ10. CoQ10 is a vital enzyme used by every cell in your body for energy production, especially your heart cells. When statins reduce CoQ10, the heart has less energy to pump blood throughout the body. This can cause fatigue and lead to congestive heart failure.
Cholesterol drugs have numerous side effects including serious birth defects in pregnant women, muscle damage and pain, liver and kidney damage, nausea, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Statins have even been linked to an increased risk of cancer! They have also been shown to cause memory loss, fatigue, and increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Most recently, the drug Zocor was found to block the benefits of exercise.
If you or a loved one are currently taking a cholesterol drug, it is very important to supplement with CoQ10 to counteract the heart weakening effects of this medication. In the meantime, if you want to stop taking this medication, you have to make some lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol naturally and consult your doctor.
This article was not written to provide medical advice. It was written to provide you the known facts about cholesterol and statin drugs. If you are taking a statin or other cholesterol lowering drug, it is important you gather more information about this subject and talk to your doctor before discontinuing any prescribed medication.
National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2013: With Special Feature on Prescription Drugs. Hyattsville, MD. 2014. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus13.pdf#