Crestor Heart Problems: Does Cholesterol Pill Cause More Problems than it Prevents?
Crestor, one of the most popular cholesterol drugs on the market, may contribute to one of the very health problems that it claims to prevent.
Mounting scientific evidence suggests Crestor, generic name rosuvastatin, may cause Crestor heart problems like cardiomyopathy, heart inflammation or heart failure.
The strongest available medication in a group drugs called statins, Crestor reduces LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) by inhibiting an enzyme that controls cholesterol production in the liver.
Lowering cholesterol can prevent cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, which leads to coronary heart disease – the single leading cause of death in America today.
Crestor reduces level of important enzyme needed for heart
But Crestor and other statins also inhibit the biosynthesis of a vitamin-like chemical called Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10, which plays a vital role in energy transfer throughout the human body.
Coenzyme Q10 plays an especially important role in energy-intensive organs like the liver, kidney and heart.
When levels of CoQ10 drop, the heart can become weak and inflamed, leading to Crestor heart problems such as cardiomyopathy.
Literally, cardiomyopathy translates as “heart muscle disease.” Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure, arrhythmia, fluid buildup in the lungs or legs, and inflammation of the heart lining. The condition is often fatal.
But the problem may be easily remedied.
Crestor heart problems may be preventable
CoQ10 is brought into the body not just through biosynthesis, but also through ingestion. Some doctors say Crestor heart problems can be prevented by concurrent use of CoQ10 oral supplements, which are readily available at pharmacies across the US.
As easy as the solution to Crestor heart problems may seem, few doctors have actually told their patients to take CoQ10 supplements since Crestor was introduced in the US in 2003.
In 2009, more than 18 million Crestor prescriptions were dispensed in the US, making the drug the eighth most dispensed brand-name pharmaceutical in the country. Only a small percentage of those Crestor users were instructed by doctors to also take CoQ10.
Still, Crestor and similar statins may save more lives than they take. Atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease afflict millions of Americans every year and certainly kill more people than a drug that has a very quantifiable affect on the problem at the heart those diseases.
Crestor is shown in studies to reduce cholesterol by 55 to 60 percent.
But studies also show that Crestor can reduce CoQ10 levels by more than 40 percent.
The dangerous drop associated with one pill may be easily fixed by taking another.