Beefed-up statins could cut heart toll

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY MARTIN BAGOT Health Cor­re­spon­dent [email protected] @Ruk­iSayid

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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