Beefed-up statins could cut heart toll
ADVICE Sir Nilesh Samani MORE than 12,000 heart attacks and strokes a year could be prevented with stronger statins.
The toll could also be reduced if patients took them as instructed by GPs.
A study by Imperial College London identified a 40% drop in the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients on the higher dose who did not skip days or stop taking the pills.
Six million Brits take statins to cut cholesterol and ward off heart disease but some are put off by fears of side-effects.
Sir Nilesh Samani, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “This is evidence that taking your medicine as prescribed really can make all the difference.”
The study was in journal JAMA Network Open.
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