A new review by the Government’s Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has confirmed the life-saving benefits of statins and urges people to continue to take them as prescribed.
Researchers assessed evidence from large clinical trials published between 2005 and 2013 and found the data reaffirmed that statins can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and the need for bypass surgery.
The overview also found that most people tolerated statins well, and when a small proportion of patients did suffer minor side-effects this mostly constituted mild muscle pain.
The findings have been issued to healthcare professionals in the MHRA’s monthly Drug Safety Update.
Statins can have life-long health benefits for those assessed to be at high risk from heart disease
Maureen Talbot, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “All medicines can have side effects, but the millions of people who take statins in the UK are reducing their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
“We welcome the MHRA’s review of the evidence and the reassuring message to patients that statins can have life-long health benefits for those assessed to be at high risk from heart disease. Patients should contact their doctor if they are worried or experience any symptoms.”