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Your guide to taking statins

October 1, 2022

Statins help lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. Here’s how they work and when you need them.

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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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