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An expert consensus statement such as this one recently released by the American Heart Association about a topic with such incomplete science should include a full transcript of all the deliberations in order to allow physicians and the public to judge the logic and factual accuracy behind the consensus statement.

Much data for performing a full scientific evaluation of these medications remains uncollected. In that setting it is not appropriate for experts to make a “scientific” statement that does not fully describe the derivation of the statement.

Statins, like any medical therapy, should only be used after shared decision between a patient and doctor after they fully discuss the benefits, risks, alternatives and unknowns of the treatment planned.

If you need help collaborating with your doctor to make medical decisions, we can help. Contact us for a free consultation.