Statin therapies are not the cause of muscle pain in over 90% of those who experience symptoms, according to a new study

The study demonstrated that muscle pain or weakness is common in adults, regardless of whether they take a statin tablet or not.

Most of the reports of muscle symptoms in those taking statins occurred within the first year of treatment.

Higher intensity statin treatments designed to produce greater reductions in low‑density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

For every 1000 people(with pre vascular disease) taking a moderate intensity statin,

the treatment would typically prevent 50 major vascular events such as heart attacks and strokes.

High levels of LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol are a major risk factor.

Statins lower LDL-cholesterol levels and have been repeatedly proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Statin therapies are affordable and widely available, and are a key tool in helping to prevent avoidable disability and death

Statins are associated with a small increase in risk of muscle pains or weakness, they do not cause the majority of muscle pain symptoms


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