Heart Disease

A new heart attack study in Minneapolis found that a high number of heart attack victims weren't taking Statins -- medications that lower "bad" cholesterol in the blood. Statins also works in the liver to prevent the formation of cholesterol

The study conducted by a group of Minneapolis cardiologists reviewed 1,000 patients who suffered their first heart attacks.

The doctors were surprised to find that, among the 1,000 patients, only 1 in 5 were taking cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. The patients who were taking Statins weren't taking the proper dosage to lower their bad cholesterol.

The study found that a majority of the patients weren't following the national guidelines that recommends who should be taking statins.

Doctors were also surprised at the number of Minneapolis heart attack patients who had "average" cholesterol levels.

Among heart attack patients, the median LDL (bad cholesterol) level was 110, which is slightly above the recommended level of 100.

“Even if you have a normal cholesterol level, that doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from the medication,” said Doctor Michael Miedema, lead author of the research study and cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute.

“Lower is better. It's very much a linear relationship. As your cholesterol goes up your risk goes up, but as your cholesterol goes down your risk goes down. There’s no magic threshold.”

Lipoproteins (LDL and HDL) carry cholesterol in the blood. Doctors prefer their patients to have lower LDL and higher HDL cholesterol levels.

High density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol) is known as "good" cholesterol because it absorbs the cholesterol and carries it to the liver to be digested.

Low density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) is considered "bad" cholesterol because there is more of this type of cholesterol in the body and it lines the inside of arteries which leads to coronary heart disease.

YouTube star Auntie Fee and World Star Hip Hop founder Q died of coronary artery disease at relatively young ages.

It is important to know what your cholesterol levels are -- especially your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels which can lead to coronary artery disease.

Your doctor should test your cholesterol and triglycerides levels as part of your routine physical exam.

Talk to your doctor about which cholesterol medication is best for you. Also ask your doctor about potential drug side effects, if any.

The cardiologists' research findings were published in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Heart Association.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Thank you for posting this Sandra. I take this medicine and I'm not overweight or anything. I must admit I didn't take it serious at first but I'm doing better because I want to stop taking it at some point.

  • Passion

    My girlfriends 33 year old daughter passed out and never woke up. She had a heart attack, she wasn't sick, no issues until she passed out! It's happening more with younger females.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Heart Attacks are killing at an alarming rate!
    My son's Marine Brother's mom just died in her sleep last week she was in her 40's. My children's Paternal Grandma did the same thing 2 years ago she was in her mid 60's.
    Queens please keep up with your health! Know the signs!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Are you the real wut or what?

  • Tunie

    There's no substitute for moderate exercise, clean eating and knowledge of family history. Some families have genetically high Cholesterol and are therefore, Predisposed to Coronary Artery disease. Please beware these STATIN Drugs are DANGEROUS...opt for the exercise/diet modification over Big Pharm pill popping


  • hottlanta

    One of my best girlfriends went to the doctor and he told her if she wanted to live she had to leave her relationship. The relationship was causing her a lot of stress. When she told me that I was like whoa. The doctor told her that her high blood pressure and heart problems came from stress other than that she was fine. What was even sadder after she left the marriage her son was killed and she died from a broken heart in her sleep. Miss her terribly.

  • EScrazy

    I stopped taking my atorvastatin almost a year ago because of the side effects. I still take my plavix Lipitor etc but that atorvastatin no no no...I had a heart attack at 28, predisposed

  • Vegas1989

    I know that's right. Go to the gym and eat more spinach, kale and leave that Pork ALONE!!!!!

  • Rayne

    Aww that's sad. Sorry for your loss.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Indeed. I am Blaque.. But I just lurk now mostly.. the foolishness became too merch! but HUGGS and goot merntine!

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Stress is a real killer! So sorry for your loss!

  • hottlanta

    Thanks guys. She was one of those women were we would sit in the car and cry our eyeballs out at lunch. She taught me how to shop at Goodwill. She called me boogie to my face and now you can't beat me shopping at Goodwill. I remember when I got her a Valentine's Day card saying thanks for being my girlfriend and those hens at work said we were gay. I said those who don't know the difference are idiots and never experienced having a true platonic girlfriend in your life. They are rare jewels. I miss her a lot.

  • Rayne

    I miss having a straight up girlfriend too. Now a days girl wanna be my friend for the benefits. I'm a good hearted person. I'm a cancer zodiac sign. When I listen to ppl talk I hear the root problem. To me it ain't nothing to shop for my girlfriends but then I never get surprised back or I'll get a "I forgot " I be sending flowers while bouquets of roses on birthdays buying expensive perfume or just listening to something I heard her say she wanted and buy it for her. I'm like that with my sisters tho. Sounds like you miss her too. I don't even know her and I miss her. Have a great day ?

  • Quitedeliteful

    Wow... stress is no joke!! Neither is a broken heart...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Red Yeast Rice is supposed to be really good to lower cholesterol especially if you take it with Ubiquinol which is a supplement that is good for the heart. Statin drugs are dangerous and cause so many side effects. I've been taking both and hope my next doctors appointment yields good results.

  • hottlanta

    What I loved about her and I only thought about it when I hear some married women saying they can't never be friends with a woman that is single because they somehow think that the woman will mess with her man. In the words of Vanzant she never let a penis get between us.

  • hottlanta

    That is why I always tell people when they wanna always say "we can't keep a man" when the relationship is over as if we didn't try hard enough. A lot of us leave because we are trying to save OUR lives. Our hearts are worn out to the brink of death and we have to get out to save it. Our health is more important than a relationship.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    That's how my ex used to think and he managed to kill a couple of my gf relationships. Men know when they're living foul and if the woman tolerates it long enough, it will affect her health...I've been there. Sorry for your loss.

  • stanhope

    How much are they paying you for this propaganda. Speak to the tremendous side effects if, for a change, you want to be truthful

  • Quitedeliteful

    Health is everything!!!! No relationship is worth your body, mind and soul deteriorating. Shoot, one person's health declines tryna keep a relationship together and the other person goes about life with not a care in the world -- better to put me and my feelings first!!!!!!

  • Rayne

    I know that's right!

  • Nonya Bizness

    Thank You! My Dr. put me on a statin. All it did was case a pain in my shoulder that didn't go way until months after I stopped the Statin. Of course my Dr. stared at me w a blank look when I blamed the Statin for the shoulder pain. I trust other people's experiences with the drugs more than a Dr. being paid to push these on people.

  • hottlanta

    That is why when I was looking at Vanzant with Neffie and her husband and how he had a heart attack because the relationship was wearing him out. Hotlanta would have been gone. If you are the only one trying to hold it together you are alone. I was looking at reruns of Being and saw KeKe Wyatt, India Aire and Elise Neal and I was like you never know what folks go through until they tell their relationship stories.

  • Quitedeliteful

    A relationship that results in a heart attack is no relationship....It's so true you never ever know what folks are really going thru..

  • Tunie

    I'm so sorry to hear that happened to you...Sending Universal Light & Healing your way...

  • Tena

    I also take it. Due to family history my cholesterol is slightly elevated. Thanks for posting because I have not been that diligent with taking my meds consistently. I will aim to do better now.

  • Naptastical

    This is one of the reasons we AA die at a higher rate than our counterparts, miseducation and misinformation. Smh.

  • Naptastical

    Bravo for taking your health seriously ?? Good luck on ur journey to good health!

  • Mercury

    Do you want to know why many African Americans aren't taking statins? Because a lot of us cannot take statins. Statins do not interact well with our bodies' chemistries and as a result, we see more of the negative side effects than the purpose for which the medication was prescribed. I work at a private practice (specialized in holistic health) and we educate all of our high cholesterol patients about statins and their effects. We do not necessarily like to prescribe statins because of the side effects. Statins can cause unexplained muscle pains, soreness, and weakness, memory loss or confusion, painful urination, flu-like symptoms, nausea, gastric issues, and the list goes on. Instead, we educate our patients on adopting a healthier lifestyle and/or place them on a cholesterol absorption inhibitor. There are other (and better) alternatives to lowering cholesterol.