By Thuy McKitrick, Pharmacy Program Manager
Statin drugs are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the U.S. They have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should take statins?
My cholesterol level is normal. Why do I need a statin?
Statins provide additional protection from heart attacks and strokes even if your cholesterol is normal or low.
My diabetes is well controlled. Do I still need a statin?
Patients who have a diagnosis of diabetes, controlled or not, are still at a 2-4 fold higher risk for heart disease and would benefit from a statin.
To lower the risk of developing heart disease, most people with diabetes should take a stain.
I heard statins can cause diabetes. Is this true?
Studies have shown a small number of new diabetes diagnoses. However, this is minimal when compared to the number of cardiac events that could have been prevented.
Can I just exercise and diet?
Statins provide the added benefit of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to reduce heart attacks/strokes.
I get muscle aches when I take statins.
Many people who experience muscle symptoms can keep taking their statin at a lower dose. Up to 90% of patients can tolerate a different statin. Talk to your provider if you’re experiencing any side effects.
Talk to your health care provider
If you have had a cardiac event, are at risk for a cardiac event or have diabetes, ask your provider if a statin would be beneficial for you.
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