Taking statins can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. They help to lower “bad cholesterol” which can cause heart disease. This is also called LDL cholesterol, or LDL-C. A drop of about 40 mg/dL in LDL-C causes nearly a 25% drop in heart and blood vessel problems like heart disease and stroke. The risk keeps dropping as long as the statins are taken.
How much statins can lower your risk, depends on how high your starting risk is. If your risk of having a heart attack is 50%, then a drop of 40 mg/dL in your cholesterol can lower your risk to 40%. If you start with a 5% chance of having a heart attack, the same drop in cholesterol lowers your risk to 4%.
People who’ve had a heart attack or stroke should take statins. They have the highest risk of having another one. For people who don’t have heart disease but have high cholesterol or other risks for heart disease, statins can also prevent these serious problems. High cholesterol is LDL-C over 190 mg/dL.
Statins affect each person differently. The more your cholesterol level drops when you take statins, the more it lowers your chances of heart attack and stroke. Talk to your doctor and get your cholesterol checked to see if statins can help you.
Statins are a way to keep heart disease at bay!