Why you should never take statins?
Very rarely, statins can cause life-threatening muscle damage called rhabdomyolysis (rab-doe-my-OL-ih-sis). Rhabdomyolysis can cause severe muscle pain, liver damage, kidney failure and death. The risk of very serious side effects is extremely low, and calculated in a few cases per million people taking statins.
Do statins shorten your life?
“The study showed that taking statins for 6 years reduced death from cardiovascular disease by 24 percent, and overall mortality by 23 percent.”
Are statins worth the risk?
The short answer
Statins are worth it for people who already have cardiovascular disease. Statins are also worth it for people who are at high risk for getting cardiovascular disease in the future. Statins are not worth it for people at low risk of cardiovascular disease.
Are statins carcinogenic?
They are among the most commonly prescribed drugs worldwide. Contrary to early concerns over the carcinogenicity of statins, a growing body of evidence suggests statins may in fact have a chemopreventive potential against cancer.
Do statins clear the arteries of plaque?
Statins don’t just lower cholesterol levels but also reduce the risk of fatty plaques breaking off from walls of your arteries, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Can you get off statins Once you start?
Therefore, most people who begin taking a statin medication will likely take it for the rest of their lives. If you’ve been taking statins and would like to stop, you’ll need to do so with your doctor’s guidance. This is because it can be dangerous to stop taking statins.
Can you live a long life on statins?
The most optimistic estimates say that taking a statin could add a year to the average person’s life expectancy. Not smoking could add nearly 10 years and quitting increases life expectancy by reducing the chances of emphysema, many cancers, and heart disease.
How long can you stay on statins?
Your cholesterol levels should drop noticeably within 4 weeks – if you take your medicine regularly, as prescribed. How long will I take atorvastatin for? Usually, treatment with a statin such as atorvastatin is for life. The benefits will only continue for as long as you take it.
What is the downside of taking statins?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common side effect of statins is muscle and joint aches and pains. The medication can also cause nausea and vomiting. More serious side effects include liver and kidney damage, an increase in blood sugar, and neurological side effects.
At what age should you stop statins?
Statins are drugs that lower your cholesterol. But if you are age 75 or older and you haven’t had symptoms of heart disease, statins may be a bad idea. Here’s why: Adults age 75 and older may not need statins.
Do I really need statins?
If your risk is very low, you probably won’t need a statin, unless your LDL is above 190 mg/dL (4.92 mmol/L). If your risk is very high — for example, you’ve had a heart attack in the past — a statin may be helpful even if you don’t have high cholesterol.
Can I refuse to take statins?
Our goal is to decrease your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. We know that for patients at high risk, statins can do this — and potentially save lives. Before you refuse to take a statin or stop taking a statin, consult your doctor.
What is the latest on statins?
Statins improve 28-day mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Now, researchers at Harvard Medical School showed that statin use reduced 28-day mortality in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Both the new initiation of statins and continuing statin therapy reduced the risk of mortality.
Can statins cause lymphoma?
Risk of lymphoma and use of statins or other hypolipemiants
Statin use was inversely associated with risk of lymphoma both among population and hospital-based studies (OR, 0.53; 95% CI, 0.33-0.85 and OR, 0.72; 95% CI, 0.48-1.09, respectively).