Patients may have questions about taking medications called statins to manage their high
cholesterol. We are here to help.
Statins, when used correctly, can dramatically decrease a person’s risk of having a heart attack or
stroke. Millions of people are missing the opportunity statins provide. Many times, people do not
start or stop taking a statin due to fears about side effects. The good news is that understanding
your personal benefits and risks and working through your concerns with your provider can help you
live a longer, healthier life.
Statins are a class of medications used to lower cholesterol. While some of the cholesterol in your
blood comes from food, most is made by the liver. Statins work by decreasing the amount of
cholesterol made by the liver and help remove cholesterol that is already in the blood. Statins may
also reduce inflammation in blood vessels. Inflammation in artery walls can lead to blockages that
damage organs such as the heart and brain.
Scientific studies and years of use all over the world have proven that statins, when used correctly,
reduce a person’s chances of having a heart attack or stroke needing surgical intervention, and
death. The higher a person’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke, the stronger the benefit of the
statin. It is important to discuss your personal benefits with your provider.
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, it’s important to talk to your provider about taking
Starting a statin medication depends on your health. Next time you see your provider discuss
whether a statin medication is right for you especially if you have had a heart attack, stroke, high risk
for heart disease or stroke, diabetes, or high cholesterol.
Together with your provider, you can make the best decision for your healthiest future by asking the
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