How common is it to need to take a statin drug?

Statins are one of the nation's most-prescribed drugs: One in four Americans over 40 take the medication, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health-related organizations, including the American Heart Association, recommend that anyone without cardiovascular disease who has a 7.5 percent or higher risk for a heart attack or stroke within the next 10 years should be prescribed statin drugs.

Continue Learning about Cholesterol



We need cholesterol, a fatty, waxy substance because our cells use it to form the membrane -- a critical part of the cell. But because it is fatty, it does not dissolve in the blood, but is carried to your cells by certain protein...

s. We get concerned about cholesterol when there is too much of it, particularly when there is too much "Low-Density Lipoprotein" or LDL cholesterol. This type of cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for coronary heart disease. On the other hand, there is High-Density or HDL cholesterol, which is "good" cholesterol, and good levels of HDL are associated with less risk of stroke and heart attack.

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