Leading Health Experts Recommend Statins to Even Low-Risk Patients
Leading health experts of the UK have recommended the intake of statins in case of all aged those above 50. They suggest that this will guard them against the risk of heart attack and strokes, which are now a major cause of increasing mortality rates amongst elderly.
However, presently the drugs are only prescribed to those, who are at high risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack or their cholesterol levels are high.
Professor Sir Rory Collins emphasized that several evidences support the fact that the drug should even be recommended to healthy people.
Prof. Collins was the lead author of world’s largest study ever conducted in regards of working of statins. It affirmed that that if levels of LDL cholesterol were brought down in blood, then it could help avoid heart ailments. The drug was analyzed to investigate for the same.
Further, it was explained that in case LDL levels are declined by 1.0mmol/L, it decreases the risk of heart attacks or strokes by one-fifth, in case of both high-risk and low-risk patients.
Prof. Collins said, “But current guidelines on their use - and misguided safety fears about muscle pain and memory loss - are restricting the range of people who can take them”.
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