Researchers Say Not Everyone Needs Statins to Prevent Heart Disease

Millions of people take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol levels. And there’s been an even bigger push to use them to prevent heart disease since the cholesterol-busting statin drug Crestor was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a way to stave off cardiovascular disease in those who don’t yet have it. But a group of British researchers found that people who are at low risk for heart disease — in this case, those who have never had heart disease and aren’t likely to develop it — may not benefit very much from taking statins.

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