Heart Disease Program Breach

ABC’S decision that the second episode of the Catalyst program ‘Heart of the Matter’ on statins and heart disease breached its standards of impartiality has been welcomed by NPS MedicineWise and the Heart Foundation.

Heart Foundation ceo Mary Barry said the program had dismissed the body of evidence supporting the link between saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease and the role of statins, and glossed over the fact that statins were proven to be life saving for people who had heart disease.

NPS MedicineWise said it was important that a note on the Catalyst website would let viewers know they should not make any changes to their prescribed regimen of medications without seeking medical advice.

Ceo Dr Lynn Weekes said while all medicines had their own risks and benefits, it was "very clear" that people at high risk of a heart attack or stroke benefited from statins in terms of reducing risk.

Source:, Tuesday 13 May 2014


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