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Eye on Medicine (Statins and Heart Disease) #911381

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 10, 2008
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(Studio: Katie Couric) A major breakthrough in preventing heart disease with a new study's findings on statin drugs and cholesterol reported; statistics on statin use cited.

(Studio: Jon LaPook) How this study can change the ways doctors think about heart attacks and strokes examined; details given about the research on C-reactive protein {CRP} and statins {Crestor} and the reduction of heart and stroke problems with diagrams shown. [Brigham and Women's Hospital Dr. Paul RIDKER†- talks about heart attacks.] [National Heart, Lung and Blood Inst. director Dr. Elizabeth NABEL†- talks about inflammation and heart disease.] The online debate about what the study means for treating patients noted. [With high CRP, statin user Gloria KINGSTROM†- comments on her life.] Who should get the CRP test, what do you do with someone with no risk factors and concerns about the long-term side effects of taking statins discussed.

Couric, Katie;
LaPook, Jon

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