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Letters Numbers needed to treat for statins

Statins: numbers needed to treat and personal decision making

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 05 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4980
  1. Raj S Bhopal, Bruce and John Usher professor of public health1
  1. 1Edinburgh Ethnicity and Health Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, UK
  1. Raj.Bhopal{at}

As a South Asian in Scotland I am at risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) according to the Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage Study.1 2 Cardiologist friends and colleagues have advised statins. So I looked for numbers needed to treat (NNTs) to guide me, as called for by Tresidder,3 and found them in a review by Enas.4 These numbers have …

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