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What are some myths about cholesterol?

Joseph Saseen, PharmD
Cholesterol Management
Myth:
Statin drugs cause liver problems.
Fact:
Statins are overall very safe. At one point in time it was recommended to routinely check liver function tests via blood tests in patients treated with statin drugs. However, in February of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed this recommendation from all statin drugs. Routine blood tests to check for liver problems are only needed, in most patients, just before starting a statin and then if patients have symptoms that may be a sign of liver problems.
Myth:
Statin therapy really only changes your cholesterol numbers, but does not help reduce your risk of heart disease.
Fact:
Statin drugs have been proven in multiple studies to reduce the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular events (a heart attack). Matter of fact, many of the statin drugs have an FDA indication to lower the risk of a cardiovascular event in patients with major cardiovascular risk factors.

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