Statins and Heart Disease

Research on statins and heart disease has shown that these medications can help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other similar problems. Statins have been shown to decrease the chances of developing heart disease in people who have high cholesterol without any existing coronary heart disease. In this group of people, some statins have been shown to decrease the chances of:
 
  • Having a heart attack
 
 
In people who already have heart disease, some statins have been shown to decrease the chances of developing several conditions, including:
 
Some statins have been shown to decrease the rate at which atherosclerosis develops in people who have an existing heart disease.
 
(Click What Are Statins Used For? for a complete overview of statins and heart disease, including information on how these medications can help prevent problems such as heart attacks, strokes, and other similar problems.)
 
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