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Category: Heart Health and Cholesterol
Most individuals may benefit from cholesterol-lowering statin medications, even if their cholesterol test results indicate they only face a marginal heart attack or stroke risk, according to a new study.
Researchers reported in the latest issue of The Lancet that statin medications reduce cardiovascular and all-cause mortality rates in patients at all levels of the heart attack risk spectrum. They said the findings indicate that statins may be appropriate to prescribe to greater numbers of people.
As part of the study, the team reviewed findings from 27 previously published investigations that examined the effectiveness of statin medications. The results showed that statins reduced the chance of death and cardiovascular events in all risk groups, regardless of a participant's baseline cholesterol levels or history of heart health.
The researchers wrote in their report that many of the patients who were shown to benefit from statin medications would most likely not be prescribed the medications under current guidelines. This suggests that prescribing recommendations may need to be revised. Updating guidelines could significantly reduce the number of people who experience heart attacks and strokes.
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