Cholesterol Calculator Flawed

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An online risk calculator created by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology so greatly overestimates risk that Steve Nissen, MD, a past ACC president, thinks it should be halted.   Why?  It would mistakenly suggest that millions more people are candidates for statin drugs.  Go figure (I mean that sarcastically). Read this NYT piece for yourself and see how they used flawed data to create this crap.  I am not a big fan of these “risk” calculators anyway.  Sure, you may be able to scare some people into changing but I just wonder which drug company is behind it.   I am also very leery about using statins on flawed lipid panels (that don’t actually even measure the LDL) and that is why I use the NMR Lipid Profile now.  Lastly, primary prevention of heart disease by using a statin is still very sketchy (NNT is 1:60).

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]