Statins not being prescribed to millions at risk of heart disease

first_imgStatins are not being prescribed to hundreds of thousands of patients at high risk of heart disease, Public Health England data reveals.  Health leaders have responded by questioning the value of the £32 million a year “world-leading” Health Check programme, launched in 2009 to stave off cardiovascular diseases (CVD), principally in people between 40 and 74 who have not yet presented any symptoms. “The Health Check was designed exactly to catch…center_img Four in five people who attended the government’s flagship NHS Health Check scheme in the last five years and were found to need the cholesterol-lowering drugs went home empty handed, equating to approximately 162,000 patients a year, the figures show. last_img

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