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Podcast episode 5: Statin Nocebo and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)


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In this week's episode of Heart HQ - a cardiology podcast, Dr Peter Larsen and Dr Stuart Butterly discuss Statin Nocebo and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).

They explain that statins are an important primary and secondary prevention measure. A big issue for patients is the side-effects from statins. However, Stuart discusses a study that revealed that it might not be the statin, but the act of taking medication that can result in these symptoms (known as a 'nocebo effect'). Peter also outlines his approach for patients that present with side-effects from statins.

Peter and Stuart also discuss 5 things to consider when it comes to HCM, the most common type of hereditary heart disease.

You can listen to this episode here.

Here are the show notes for this episode:

You can access the statin study that Stuart refers to here (you can also download it below) and the letter to the New England Journal of Medicine that Peter mentions here.

Read the position statement for the diagnosis and management of HCM from the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand here.

Here is the abnormal ECG that Peter refers to:

Abnormal ECG


And, here is the echocardiograph that Peter refers to:

Echo HCM




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