Statins Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke in Those without Heart Disease

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Heart and Statins

Researchers from BWH have found that among individuals without cardiovascular disease, taking statins regularly may reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke but may not reduce the risk for coronary heart disease or overall death, according to a meta-analysis of previously published studies, reported in the November 27, 2006 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Statins have been shown to reduce death and other negative outcomes associated with heart and cerebrovascular disease among those who already have these conditions, according to background information in the article.