Risk of Cholesterol-lowering drugs

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Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs

Dr. Nrusingha Mishra

Millions of more Americans could end up taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new recommendations released November 2013 that advocate a dramatic shift in the way doctors assess and treat cardiovascular risk. Just as any other drug, there are both benefits and risks of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs (Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor, to name a few). Statin drugs have been prescribed by doctors for lowering cholesterol which in increased levels can lead to heart attacks. The new AHA recommendation allows doctors to prescribe it for people who are at risk of heart disease in addition to that. Current patients, considering withdrawing from statin, worried about its risks, should not do that without consulting their physicians because of statin’s expanded benefit to combat heart disease.  Full Paper