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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.

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