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Statins: Risk of side effects is low, say experts

Statins: Risk of side effects is low, say experts

For most people who take statins to lower cholesterol, the risk of side effects is low compared to the benefits, according to a recent scientific statement. New research suggests that the benefits of statins outweigh the risks. The American Heart Association (AHA) statement applies to those who — according to current guidelines — are at […]

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Are statins overprescribed for cardiovascular disease prevention?

Are statins overprescribed for cardiovascular disease prevention?

For millions of people who take statins to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease, the potential harms of the cholesterol-lowering medication may outweigh the benefits. Statins may be ‘significantly overprescribed’ for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, suggests a new study. So concludes a recent modeling study from the University of Zurich in Switzerland that […]