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How might statins reduce my risk of a heart attack or stroke?

Dr. Dede Bonner
Health Education Specialist

The results of a study by the American Heart Association suggest that using statins (cholesterol-reducing drugs) to treat the symptoms of inflammation, an oft-overlooked condition, may nearly halve people’s risk of future heart attack, stroke, and heart-related death. Ask your doctor about having a C-reactive protein (CRP) test for inflammation and about taking statins.

The 10 Best Questions for Recovering from a Heart Attack: The Script You Need to Take Control of Your Health

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The 10 Best Questions for Recovering from a Heart Attack: The Script You Need to Take Control of Your Health

A good mind knows the right answers, but a great mind knows the right questions. And never are the Best Questions more important than after the life-altering event of surviving a heart attack or...
Dr. Ozgen Dogan
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Studies show that statins help reduce the risk of heart attack by up to 35 percent. A Scandinavian clinical trial of the statin Simvastatin was conducted with 4,444 patients. All had experienced previous heart attacks. In the group of patients who took the statin, their risk of having a second heart attack went down by 30 percent. A Scottish study on statin takers found similar results. In short, statins prevent a first heart attack and, for those who have suffered one, provide insurance against a second one.

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