Statins are the most common type of medicines to lower cholesterol. They block a liver
enzyme that makes cholesterol. This helps reduce the amount of cholesterol that can
sent into the blood. This allows more LDL "bad" cholesterol to be removed from the
blood. Statins have other benefits, too. Studies have shown that people who use statins,
even if their cholesterol level is fine, have a reduced risk for heart attack, stroke,
chest pain, and death from a heart condition.
Statins have a few side effects. In rare cases, they can damage the liver and muscles.
It's important to take only recommended doses. Statins can also make people drowsy,
constipated, or nauseated. These side effects are not common. They are taken as a
daily dose. Statins are one of the most effective medicines to prevent and treat heart