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Subject: Re: Health Care Rationing Date: 6/9/2009 12:11 AM
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"I take simvastatin for cholesterol and Lisinopril for high blood pressure and I'm curious if it really is going to prolong my life?"

CDC reports mortality data for the US population every year. If heart disease caused death rates are decreasing the numbers should show it quite soon.

Nearly every medication for bp or cholesterol has extensive data showing major reductions in deaths due to heart disease. 30% reduction is typical.

I have been watching the CDC data. It is too soon to know if the data are real, but so far it does appear that deaths from heart diseases are falling. We much be doing something right. Is it those pills? Or something else?

I'm sure the pros will debate the data for years to come, but I think lower death rates is good news. Give these folks a round of applause, and hope they keep doing whatever it is that is making this happen.
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