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New Guidelines on Statins: Are they Necessary?

Summary: Cardiologist, Dr. Tim Fischell, weighs in on the new guidelines for preventing heart attack and stroke.
Air Date: 11/22/13
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Tim Fischell, MD
Dr.Tim Fischell is Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University and Medical Director of the Department of Cardiovascular Research as well as Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program at the Borgess Heart Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He also has an active practice as an interventional cardiologist at the Heart Center For Excellence in Kalamazoo.

After receiving his medical degree from Cornell University Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Fischell completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University in Boston, and then completed his interventional cardiology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. He was on the faculty at Stanford for five years, and then Director of the cardiac cath labs and interventional cardiology at Vanderbilt University from 1992-1996.

Dr. Fischell is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology. He is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 80 patented medical devices. He has served as principal investigator for three National Institutes of Health grants, as well as several other research grants. Dr. Fischell has presented more than 200 papers in the United States and abroad. A member of the editorial board of Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine,Journal of Invasive Cardiology, and the Journal of Interventional Cardiology, Dr. Fischell has authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and more than 27 book chapters. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Thorax Center Andreas Gruntzig Award for Inventor of the Year in 1997.  He has had a longstanding interest in health and fitness and the effects on heart disease. Most recently he has authored the health and fitness book Burn Calories While You Sleep; Change Your Metabolism to be Thin, Fit, Healthy and Live Longer, with forward by Dr. Dean Ornish.

New Guidelines on Statins: Are they Necessary?
Recently, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology came together to write new guidelines about statins (drugs used to lower cholesterol levels) in order to further prevent heart attack and stroke.

But now, new reports suggest the risk calculator for cholesterol appears flawed. So what should you really know?

Cardiologist, Dr. Tim Fischell, weighs in on this very important health matter.