Benefits of Niacin in Patients With Versus Without the Metabolic Syndrome and Healed Myocardial Infarction (from the Coronary Drug Project)
So you’ve had a heart attack. The cardiologist must have lots of wonderful drugs they can chose from to keep you from having another heart attack, right? How about those highly prescribed and wonderfully advertised statin drugs? They ought to work wonders.
Unfortunately for the drug companies, in this moderately large study, only niacin was able to prevent second heart attacks. The catch? It was only in patients with metabolic syndrome. What a kicker, right? Few doctors recognize the importance of identification of metabolic syndrome, and yet this delineation could mean the difference between life and death if you’ve had a heart attack.
And, considering that some studies put the incidence of metabolic syndrome as high as 88% in CVD patients, you odds are very high…