"Cholesterol and Heart Disease: Should the Statin Drugs Be Added to the Drinking Water?".
Speaker: Henry N. Ginsberg, Herbert and Florence Irving Professor of Medicine.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in most of the world and after years of a steady reduction in rates of heart attacks and death from cardiovascular disease in the US, rates have leveled off or are possibly increased. There are a number of clear risks for heart attacks and strokes and the level of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood is at or near the top of the list. 30 years ago, a class of drugs called statins were introduced – they lower LDL cholesterol and heart disease but after all these years, they are under-utilized and feared by much of the population. I will discuss the relationship of cholesterol to heart disease, how statins work, their proven benefits, their potential risk, and whether everyone should be on a statin.
Tuesday Talks are scheduled on the Morningside campus on alternate Tuesdays during the academic year. EPIC members, faculty, and invited guests speak on topics that range across the academic spectrum and also address issues of particular importance to the retired academic community. Lunch will be served. Guests are welcome.