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Your guide to taking statins
Statins help lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. Here’s how they work and when you need them.
For more than 30 years, statins, the world’s most prescribed class of drugs, have helped protect people against cardiovascular disease by lowering high cholesterol levels.
"Statins remain the first-line treatment for many people at risk of heart attacks and strokes," says Dr. Christopher Cannon, a cardiologist with Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. "And the good news is that there are many types available, so more people can find the best one for them."
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