Statins News

Statins are a class of medication used to lower blood cholesterol levels. When blood cholesterol levels are high, particularly levels of "bad" cholesterol, or LDL, you are at a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Making diet and lifestyle changes like quitting smoking and exercising more can help lower blood cholesterol levels. But some people still need drugs like statins and other cholesterol-lowering medications to bring their levels under control.

More About Statins

Cholesterol-lowering drugs work in different ways. For example, some actually block the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream, while others promote its disposal in the body’s waste. Statins are different in that they actually work in the liver to prevent the formation of cholesterol in the first place. This can have a significant effect on lowering LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides, which are also harmful blood particles. Statins might also have a modest effect on raising levels of the body’s "good" cholesterol, or HDL.

Statins are sold under many different names, including simvastatin (Zocor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), pravastatin (Pravachol), lovastatin (Mevacor), fluvastatin (Lescol) and atorvastatin (Lipitor). Statin drugs are also sometimes combined with other medications to address other heart issues.

Benefits and Risks of Statins

Statins are popular because they are generally safe and cause relatively few side effects. What’s more, the side effects that do occur often go away in a short period of time. There is some risk of muscle or liver problems, but these are rare. However, people with liver problems or who are pregnant are advised not to take statins.

SOURCE: American Heart Association

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6/20/2017
Study Hints at Link Between Some Statins, Parkinson's Risk

But the connection was only seen with certain types of the cholesterol-lowering drugs

6/15/2017
Healthy Dietary Fats Help Beat High Cholesterol

Eating them can reduce your risk of heart disease as effectively as statins, heart experts say

5/25/2017
New Cholesterol Fighting Meds Target Key Gene

Two trials show promise for non-statin approach to heart health

5/22/2017
Study Casts Doubt on Need for Statins in the 'Healthy Old'

But specialists cite research flaws, limitations

4/19/2017
Many Heart Attack Patients Fail to Stick With Statins

Greater education is needed on the lifesaving benefits of 'high-intensity' treatment, researchers say

4/18/2017
Conflicting Statin Guidelines Leave Millions in 'Gray Zone'

Doctors, patients often confused by differing advisories on the cholesterol-lowering drugs

4/11/2017
Many Americans Don't Know How to Handle High Cholesterol

Survey found they know it raises heart risks, but are confused, discouraged about how to lower it

4/3/2017
Keys to Heart Disease Care: Communication and Trust

These factors linked to patients' greater use of cholesterol and blood pressure-lowering drugs

3/20/2017
Guidelines May Miss Need for Statins in Many U.S. Blacks

Individualized scans of the arteries may be a better means of spotting patients at risk, researchers say

3/17/2017
New Cholesterol Drugs May Beat Statins, But Price Tag Is High

Repatha, inclisiran lowered cholesterol levels even further, but first costs about $14,000 a year to take

3/16/2017
Taking Statins May Boost Heart Surgery Outcomes

Using cholesterol-lowering medications up to and on operation day linked to better survival rates in study

1/24/2017
'Red Yeast Rice' Statin Alternative Not Harmless Either, Study Says

The supplements linked to muscle pain, other adverse effects similar to statins

12/12/2016
Whether Statins Cut Alzheimer's Risk May Depend on Gender, Race

Type of statin used also made a difference in study, but black men did not see any benefits

11/12/2016
Statins May Boost Survival Odds After Cardiac Arrest

Those already taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs were more likely to be alive one year later, study says

11/9/2016
High-Dose Statins Boost Survival: Study

Increased doses reduced death risk in those with existing heart disease

10/24/2016
Take Meds as Directed to Boost Survival After Heart Procedures

Study finds close adherence to instructions may be especially important after angioplasty

10/17/2016
Statins Often Interact With Other Heart Drugs

Doctors, patients should be aware of risky combinations, heart group says

9/27/2016
Are There Alternatives to Statins?

Dietary changes, other meds and even surgery also can help lower cholesterol levels, study finds

9/12/2016
Many With Diabetes Missing Out on Statins

2 in 5 middle-aged patients don't get the cholesterol-cutting drugs, despite recommendations to do so, study finds

9/8/2016
Intensive Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Can Extend Survival: Study

Researchers also found lower risk of complications such as heart and kidney disease, vision problems

7/8/2016
Could Statins Help Fight Cancer?

Study found an association -- but no proof -- of prolonged survival

6/21/2016
Another Potential Use for Statins?

In stroke patients, the cholesterol-lowering drugs might reduce infection risk, study says

6/20/2016
Just a Little of Statins' Effect Enough to Help Heart: Study

Driving cholesterol down to very low levels produced no extra benefit

5/6/2016
Statins Might Protect People With Narrowed Leg Arteries

Study found the cholesterol-lowing drugs associated with reduced risk of amputation, death

5/4/2016
No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

They don't prevent complications and may cause kidney damage, researchers report

5/4/2016
Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds

Cardiologist says they need to understand surgery not a 'cure' for their disease

4/26/2016
Statins Might Not Lower Colon Cancer Risk: Study

But cholesterol levels may be associated with reduced chance of disease

4/22/2016
Could Certain Fatty Foods Be Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer?

Study also suggests that cholesterol-lowering drugs may help counteract harmful effect

3/28/2016
Skipping Meds Greatly Ups Heart Patients' Risk of Stroke: Study

Fatal strokes seven times more likely if drugs to control blood pressure, cholesterol aren't taken as prescribed

2/4/2016
High-Dose Statins May Ease Macular Degeneration for Some

The 'dry' form of the eye disease remains the leading cause of blindness in developed world

1/12/2016
Statins Aid Bypass Surgery Recovery, Research Shows

Review of cholesterol-lowering drugs' use shows they cut risk of death or complications

1/6/2016
Statins May Reduce Heart Risks Linked to Sleep Apnea: Study

But it's too early to prescribe them for patients with the disorder, experts say

12/21/2015
U.S. Task Force Backs Statins for Those 40 to 75 at Heightened Heart Risk

Primary focus is on people with 10 percent or greater threat of heart attack or stroke within 10 years

12/3/2015
Too Few Americans Are Taking Needed Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: CDC

Only half who should are using medications to help prevent heart disease

12/2/2015
Negative News on Statins Tied to Dropped Prescriptions

Researcher says heart benefits outweigh risk of side effects

11/3/2015
Prescription Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.

Many adults take 5 or more medications, often for preventable ills, study finds

10/29/2015
Statins May Dampen Protective Powers of Flu Vaccines

Research suggests cholesterol-lowering meds linked to lower levels of influenza antibodies in seniors

10/27/2015
No Need to Stop Taking Statins Before Surgery, Study Finds

Not using cholesterol-lowering drugs may boost risk of death during recovery from non-cardiac operations

8/24/2015
Sharp Spike Seen in Statin Use in Elderly Without Heart Disease

But study notes little evidence exists on the benefits and dangers of doing so

7/2/2015
Statins and Gender

Statin drugs may affect behavior differently depending on gender, new study finds.

7/1/2015
Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

Study finds it's possible, but more research is suggested

6/26/2015
Statins Might Reduce Complications After Major Lung Surgery

But it's too soon to change standard practice, researchers say

6/18/2015
Can U.S. Health-Care System Afford New, Improved Cholesterol Drugs?

Medications may cost as much as $12,000 per person each year

5/20/2015
Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults

Statins and fibrates both drop chances by about one-third, study suggests

5/7/2015
Statins May Slow Prostate Cancer Progression: Study

But more trials are needed to confirm benefits, experts say

5/1/2015
Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

Small reduction seen with cholesterol-lowering drugs, but study couldn't prove cause-and-effect link

4/22/2015
Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors, Study Suggests

Cholesterol-lowering drugs cut heart risks, but may spur muscle weakness, memory declines

4/6/2015
New Guidelines Would Greatly Boost Number of Young People on Statins

Analysis finds 483,500 people aged 17 to 21 would get a cholesterol drug, based on NIH advisory

3/26/2015
Terminally Ill Can Do Without Statins, Study Finds

Reducing pill burden improves quality of life

3/23/2015
Latest Diabetes Care Guidelines Focus on Individual Approach

Blood sugar goals higher for some; Asian-Americans need screening at lower weights; statins for those over 40