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[Cardiovascular prevention in the sportsman: a role for statins?].

Authors
  • Rabaeus, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revue médicale suisse
Publication Date
Jul 17, 2013
Volume
9
Issue
393
Pages
1405–1407
Identifiers
PMID: 23971324
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Official guidelines bring regularly the physician to consider a statin treatment in physically active individuals, including athletes. Several factors speak against such an attitude: the available risk scores are far from precise and do not sufficiently take into account lifestyle; when you correct for the level of physical activity, cholesterol loses its' predictive value; physical activity diminishing cardiovascular risk by at least a factor 2, an athlete is always at low risk. In addition, the secondary effects of statins are liable to interfere significantly with sport activities, paradoxically increasing the risk. Statin prescription should not be envisaged in athletes.

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