“Reduce your risk of a heart attack by 36%” – Really?

If you have high blood pressure and/or elevated cholesterol, you're probably taking meds. Is this a good idea?

Depends. If your numbers are through the roof (that's a medical term for “really high”) and they haven't responded to diet and lifestyle changes, then medication is usually called for.

If you're already had a major cardiovascular event (that's medical jargon for “something bad and painful, like a ¬†stroke, heart attack, heart failure, etc.), then medication can help.

But millions of Americans have been put on statins, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and diuretics who should not be on them.

The side effects and risks of harm so outweigh the benefits, most people shown an honest risk/benefit analysis would say no to drugs.

So how come we swallow all these pills? One big reason is the way the benefits are hyped by drug companies, drug reps, and doctors.

Here's the only bit of medical jargon that you need to take away from this article: relative vs absolute risk.

Once you understand the difference, and know how to talk to your doctor about it, you may decide to reduce your dosages or eliminate some drugs entirely.

Today's TriangleBeWell TV show (see below) is a 7-minute segment on the difference between relative and absolute risk.

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