What is a statin

When are statins useful for lowering cholesterol?

Poor cholesterol levels can indicate an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Certain drugs do lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood. You can prevent secondary diseases and extend life expectancy. Whether it is worth taking also depends on what other risk factors a person has.

If general measures are not enough to effectively reduce cardiovascular risk, medication may be an option. Whether drug treatment makes sense depends not only on personal risk factors but also on how you assess the advantages and disadvantages of treatment for yourself.

It plays a major role here whether a cardiovascular disease such as coronary artery disease already exists. Because then the risk of a heart attack or stroke, for example, can be significantly increased. Medicines can significantly reduce this risk.

When deciding for or against one, it is helpful to have a better understanding of its advantages and disadvantages. There are basically different groups of active ingredients that can lower cholesterol. For people who have never had one or any other cardiovascular disease, only one group of drugs has been tried and tested: the so-called. Several of them are approved in Germany: Atorvastatin, Fluvastatin, Lovastatin, Pitavastatin, Pravastatin, Rosuvastatin and Simvastatin.