Harvard Men's Health Watch

Should you take a statin even if your cholesterol is normal?

Many people take a statin medication to lower their "bad" LDL cholesterol. Research suggests that people without high cholesterol could also reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease by taking a preventive statin. Whether you should consider this option depends on your personal risk factors. If you are at 10% or higher risk of a heart attack or other cardiovascular event in the next 10 years, even without high cholesterol, a statin could help.  Discuss the pros and cons with your doctor.
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