Statins are drugs that can lower your cholesterol. They work by blocking a substance your body needs to make cholesterol.
The drugs can help reduce heart disease and stroke risk in many people.
Statins are very important because currently heart disease one of the most important health problems in the world, causing one-third of all global deaths
Common statin drugs include Crestor, Lipitor, and other lipid-lowering drugs.
Another health benefits of statins include improving endothelial function, fighting inflammation, and preventing artery disease such as atherosclerosis.
However, research also has shown that statins have some harmful side effects.
One of the harmful effects is a condition called myositis. The main symptoms of the condition include muscle pain and weakness.
According to experts from the Myositis Association, many people who experience this condition can get rid of it when they stop using statins.
However, for other patients, muscle disease can become a more serious health complication.
One type of myositis is necrotizing myopathy, which does not go away after the drug is stopped.
Patients with this muscle disease may not be able to do simple daily activities such as standing from a seated position, climbing stairs, or lifting their arms over their heads.
Research has shown that myositis patients may have higher risks of other diseases, such as lung disease, antisynthetase syndrome, and cancer.
The symptoms of myositis can be reduced by anti-inflammatory medications. But currently, there is no cure for this condition.
Besides the higher risk of muscle disease, some studies have found that statin use is linked to an increased incidence of diabetes.
There is also some reliable evidence that statins increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.
Blood cholesterol levels are negatively linked to the rates of hemorrhagic stroke, especially in patients with high blood pressure.
Researchers suggest that statins are highly effective drugs that have the ability to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
But the drugs have several mild side effects that may influence patients’ health.
For patients with a high risk of myositis, diabetes, and hemorrhagic stroke, doctors need to consider the pros and cons of statins.
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