Statins could be a choice for more people to reduce risk of heart attacks and strokes
According to a recent statement from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), statins could be a treatment option for more people to reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes. The statement suggests that the use of statins could be extended to people who are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease but have not yet been diagnosed with the condition.
NICE says that individuals with a 10% or higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years could benefit from taking statins. This would cover an estimated 5 million people in England alone who are currently not taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Statins have been widely used for several decades to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. NICE's draft guidance comes as part of a wider effort to improve the prevention and management of heart disease, which remains the leading cause of death in the UK.
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