Don’t take cholesterol meds to prevent blood clots

Statins aren’t even the best way to accomplish the main thing they’re approved for, and that’s lower cholesterol levels — so I certainly wouldn’t trust them with anything even more important.

Yet these meds are touted for everything from heart protection to cancer prevention, and some people even take them because they believe the drugs will lower the risk of a blood clot.

But if you’re at risk for this potentially deadly condition, the last thing you want to do is put your faith in a statin.

One new look at data on some 100,000 patients who took part in one of 29 published and unpublished trials finds absolutely no difference in clot risk between those who took the meds and those who didn’t.

None. (more…)