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Statins are a type of medicine used to treat high cholesterol.
These medicines block an enzyme the body needs to produce cholesterol, thereby
lowering the total amount of it in the blood.
Statins, also known
as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, help reduce the risk of heart attack and
stroke. Along with reducing cholesterol levels in the blood, statins reduce
inflammation around the cholesterol buildup (called a plaque). By stabilizing
the plaque, there is less risk that it will rupture and cause a blood clot that
can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology & Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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