Dr. Steven Nissen is the lead researcher of the Cleveland Clinic study. “We’ve confirmed that this is a problem and it’s real and we’ve given them an alternative,” he said.
Dr. Nissen said problems including muscle pain and weakness effect up to 10 percent of people on statins or three to four million Americans.
The study looked at more than 500 patients who reported side effects and are considered “statin intolerant.”This latest research proves the veracity of the claims made by a not insignificant number of statin users and has led to the development of alternative treatments for high cholesterol among those who exhibit this side effect to the statins. This is a good piece of information for you to have in your back pocket once you’ve completed medical office assistant training and get out there into the job world. Your employer will be impressed if a high cholesterol patient taking statins complains of muscle cramping and you respond with this information from Dr. Nissen at the Cleveland Clinic.