Prescription drugs are helping to stabilize heart disease in many people, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe.
According to a new study, doctors are prescribing more medications for people with coronary artery disease (CAD), and the drugs have become the most expensive treatment.
The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that over the past decade, the number of prescriptions for cholesterol lowering medications increased nearly 30 percent, and that more than 1.4 million prescriptions were written for cholesterol reduction drugs in the United States in 2012.
More: “We can’t simply take a prescription, say, for a statin, and go, ‘Oh, you’ve got to take a statins, and then you have to take this,’ ” said Andrew P. Brown, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and lead author of the study.
“And that’s where these drugs come in.”
“There are a lot of people with CAD who don’t get the drugs because they’re prescribed to treat other things, and we’re seeing that the drugs are just not effective,” Brown said.
In addition to the drugs, many people with heart disease are prescribed medications for breathing problems and for anxiety.
“I’m very concerned about the use of these drugs, and they’re being used to treat things that aren’t real problems,” Brown added.
“There’s a big risk that these drugs will just not be effective.
They’re being prescribed to people who are not having problems with their heart, and people who have heart disease who are just going to die.”
The study found that the number and cost of prescriptions grew in tandem with the number that were written.
“We’re seeing more and more people prescribed medications because they have other conditions, and when they don’t have a serious condition, they are going to use the medication for that,” Brown explained.
The study also found that more prescription drugs are being prescribed for heart attacks, and the cost of those drugs rose by nearly 15 percent from 2000 to 2012.
One of the most costly drugs for treating CAD was the statin drug rivastigmine, which was prescribed to 1.9 million people in 2012, and it is the second most expensive drug, according to the study, which analyzed data from Medicare and the government’s Drug Cost Reporting System.
For people with cardiovascular disease, the drug is used to prevent the heart from slowing down and is also known as statin drugs.
A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2016 found that people with CVD spend an average of about $1,200 a year on the drug, which can cause severe side effects, including depression and anxiety.
But the authors of the new study said they found that despite the cost, the new drugs were effective for patients with CAD.
Brown said the number was particularly alarming because there were no data available on how many people were taking the drugs and how often they were prescribed them.
“I think that we need to look at the drugs more closely, because the number one reason for this is that the statins are expensive, and there’s not really a way to make it cheaper,” he said.
“It’s really important to look into the reasons why people are taking these drugs.”
Brown said that in general, the drugs don’t cause any problems in patients who are older or have heart conditions.
However, the study found some patients who had serious CAD were prescribed drugs to prevent them from having an attack.
They also found evidence that some people with severe CAD were receiving more drugs to treat their symptoms.
PMS treatments, such as Lipitor, are considered the gold standard for controlling the symptoms of CAD, but they are only available in the US.
Researchers also found some evidence that the newer statin medications, including statins and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors), were not effective for treating symptoms of CVD, such chronic pain and heart failure.
PMSs were given to 2.9 percent of all Americans in 2012 and accounted for a total of more than $3.4 billion in medical prescriptions in 2012 according to government data.
Meanwhile, there is evidence that older adults may be taking more statins to treat symptoms of their heart disease, and studies have found that these medications increase the risk of strokes and death in people over 65.
While some of these medications are effective, there are also concerns that many people who receive these drugs are overprescribing them.
Experts told Fox News that they would like to see a new prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat patients with the condition, and Brown said there is a need for the drug to be more widely available.
“The FDA has done a great job of making it easier for doctors to prescribe these drugs.
But we’re not there yet,” Brown told Fox.