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Date of publication: September 2017
Publication type: News item
In a nutshell: “Statins cut the risk of dying from heart disease by 28% among men, according to the longest study of its kind,” The Guardian reports.
Statins help reduce the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol”, in the blood. This in turn helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Current UK guidelines recommend that people with a 1 in 10 chance of developing CVD at some point in the next 10 years should be offered statins.
The results of this new analysis led the researchers to conclude that more people with high cholesterol should be offered statins.
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Acknowledgement: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines