Statins may help healthy adults

Everyone over the age of 50 should be given statins because the “cholesterol-busting” drugs reduce the risk of a heart attack even in healthy people, according to the Daily Telegraph and many other newspapers.

The story is based on a systematic review of 27 studies that looked at the effect of lowering “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL) using statin therapy in 175,000 people. It found that for every reduction in cholesterol of 1.0mmol/L, taking statins reduced the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other “major vascular events” by about a fifth (21%), even among people without vascular disease or who were at low risk of developing it.


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