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Dr. Barbara H. Roberts, director of the Women's Cardiac Center at the Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island, meticulously takes apart the misinformation and myths around one of the most popular medications for high cholesterol and heart disease statins. Dr. Roberts discusses the benefits and health risks of the so-called miracle drug, taking care to explain the significance of medical research in this area.

Liisa Ivary's accessible and personable narration helps listeners digest Dr. Roberts' comprehensive guide and reinforces its honest, patient-friendly tone. The audiobook also contains clear and easy-to-understand advice on how to maintain cardiovascular health with diet and lifestyle changes.

Publisher's Summary

Could statin drugs actually harm you?

Despite the rosy picture painted in the ads of a miracle cure for high cholesterol and its attendant heart disease, the reality of taking statins may be far less pretty. Dr. Barbara H. Roberts, director of the Women’s Cardiac Center at the Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island, discusses both the benefits and health risks of these popular drugs in this comprehensive guide that finally reveals the questionable science behind the research studies. This honest, patient-friendly appraisal of the most widely used medications in the world may shock you, but it may also save your life.

Offering clear-cut, easy-to-understand information in an easily accessible fashion, Dr. Roberts explains how to take the best possible care of your heart, including:

  • The keys to maintaining cardiovascular well-being
  • How to interpret your cholesterol numbers
  • The frightening adverse effects of popular drugs

It is time to take charge of your heart health. Learn the facts behind the hype so that you can make informed decisions on a subject vital to your continued health. If you or someone you love either takes a statin or is considering doing so, you need to read this book.Includes recipes for a delicious and heart-healthy diet, including Wasabi-Roasted Salmon, Pasta with Avocado Sauce, and Lemon-Pineapple Breakfast Muffins.

©2012 Barbara H. Roberts, M.D. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Informative but dry scientific technical style

Very good information, but highly technical and dry for common reader. Fortunatly I am a scientist so no problem, but most readers would be bored to tears and quit.

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Semi correct

So it’s true that a high fat diet lowers your risk for heart attack. I don’t believe she’s done enough research because statements like dr. Atkins died from a heart attack heart totally untrue he died from a head injury from falling on ice.
I believe Atkins was on to something but he had the protein to high. “The art and science of Low-Carb living” is a much better book on how to reverse inflammation and heart disease

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A look behind the research

Before you submit to a statin prescription, listen to this book (or any of the many others like it). It isn't an alarmist, tin-foil hat book, but one that presents the research, including the results that the drug companies may have played down or omitted in their desire to push their pills into the multi-billion-dollar market. The information presented here is especially relevant to women, since we women react differently to statins than men do and also have different CVD risks. I thought the author was very fair in presenting the facts. There are some situations in which statins are appropriate; however, to hand them out like candy to a wide variety of patients is dangerous, and the author clearly explains why this is so and how serious the side effects can be. She also explains how the baselines for cholesterol levels were established and what factors need to be considered in your decision to go on statins or not. Excellent book that everyone should read in this day and age of pill pushing.

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  • Bryan D
  • Tulsa, OK United States
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WOW! Listen to what Dr. Roberts has to say!

This book needs to be read and or heard by all! My Dr wants to put me on a statin. I don't usually arbitrarily do what my Dr tells me with out researching side effects etc. It would for me being a lay type person hard to follow with reading and interpreting much of the numbers, staitics and medical jargon in this book, but did get alot out of the Audio version. Dr Roberts expains the many adversed side affects vs the relative small percentage of helping a patient She also mentions how the big drug companies are pushing their products and what that culture has seem to become with medical insittuions etc BOTTOM LINE! Do what ever you can not to get on Statins!