Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Statins cut risk of heart attack in men with elevated cholesterol: study

Men who take statin drugs for moderately high cholesterol – even if they don't have any history of heart attack – may significantly reduce their risk of heart disease or heart attack, a new study suggests.

The study of 6,595 men, published in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, was conducted between February 1991 and May 1995. Participants who were chosen, based on their cholesterol level, had elevated LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, with one reading indicating a level of 4 mmol per litre or higher, and one reading of 6 mmol per litre or lower.

Maybe I am missing something here but I thought that this was kind of the general point of taking them. I would have been flabbergasted if this hadn't been the case. Any comments?

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