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People at risk of heart disease are generally prescribed statins to treat high cholesterol which work by reducing the formation of cholesterol in the liver and protecting blood vessel linings. Statins are usually prescribed to people with high cholesterol or who have had a heart attack but research has shown that even people with a low risk may benefit from taking statins in combination with a health lifestyle. The study reported that statins combined with exercise and diet reduced cholesterol levels by 25 to 60% compared to 10% in those who only undertook diet and exercise. Thus it has been determined that people who may benefit from statin use are those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a family history of heart disease and diabetes and smokers, males over 45, postmenopausal women not taking hormone replacements and those who had had a heart attack or bypass surgery.
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About: Statins may benefit people at low risk of heart disease
Date: 18 January 2005
Author: John Riddle
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