Data alert

Statins and safety: Overview for patient care

Hypercholesterolemia is one of the major modifiable risk factors for coronary heart disease. To reach target cholesterol levels, many patients require a combination of lifestyle changes and lipid-lowering therapy.1 Over the last decade clinical trials have demonstrated that low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) reduction with statin therapy decreases the risk of cardiac events substantially in patients with coronary heart disease, including those with normal cholesterol levels,2,3 and in healthy high-risk patients irrespective of serum cholesterol level.4,5

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