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Lipids Health Dis. 2012 Mar 16;11:40. doi: 10.1186/1476-511X-11-40.

Statin therapy, myopathy and exercise--a case report.

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Department of Biokinetics & Sport Science, University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, South Africa. ssemple@pan.uzulu.ac.za

Abstract

In a bid to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with coronary artery disease, statin therapy has become a cornerstone treatment for patients with dyslipideamia. Statins, or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are effective in blocking hepatic synthesis of cholesterol and are generally regarded as safe. Although rare, severe adverse side effects such as rhabdomyolysis have been reported, however, the more common complaint from patients is that related to myopathy. There is also mounting evidence that exercise may exacerbate these side effects, however the mechanisms are yet to be fully defined and there is controversy regarding the role that inflammation may play in the myopathy. This paper reports a patients experience during 6 months of simvastatin therapy and provides some insight into the white cell count (inflammation) following two bouts of moderate intensity exercise before and during statin therapy. It also highlights the need for rehabilitation practitioners to be aware of the adverse effects of statins in exercising patients.

PMID:
22420409
PMCID:
PMC3338404
DOI:
10.1186/1476-511X-11-40
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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