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Should you be on Statins

Updated on April 16, 2010

Should you be on Statins

Healthy Heart and Statins: Should you be on Statins

Statins have an amazing track record. Millions of Australians take them every year to stave off heart attacks and strokes, and they reduce by as much as 20% of the death rate in people with a heart attack history.

Cholesterol blockers

Statins work by raising the level of good HDL(high density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the blood and lowering the level of bad LDL(low density lipoprotein) LDL is responsible for plaque that builds up on artery walls and causes heart attacks and strokes. Statins also help reduce other damaging materials that are made along with cholesterol, say many experts. By reforming their lifestyle, most people lower cholesterol by 10%, statins can lower levels by more than 50%.

Side effects of Statins

Not all experience side effects but 15 to 20% of people on statins can have side effects, the most common are stomach problems such a constipation, diarrhoea, rashes, weakness and muscle pain. Some also have mood swings, forgetfulness. These can be alleviated with help.

Speak to the doctor on how to alleviate the side-effects. Switching to a different statin or lowering the dose has helped. Taking a short break from the medication can be rooted if it’s the statin which is actually the cause of the symptoms or some other health issue.

Cholesterol – The truth

Cholesterol is bad for the heart but at the same time it is equally essential to have some for the working of the body’s cells. We need cholesterol to manufacture vitamin D from sunlight. It’s the raw material used to make sex hormones. So, no cholesterol means less testosterone or oestrogen and its part of the body’s repair system.

Heart and Statins

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