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Integral part of treatment: Cardiologist reveals truth about popular medications

Integral part of treatment: Cardiologist reveals truth about popular medications How to take statins properly (photo: Freepik)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Statins are considered to be the main medications prescribed for patients with high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease. There are many myths around them that should not be believed, according to Ukrainian cardiologist Natalia Ivaniuk.

What is known about statins

A cardiologist says they have been an integral part of treatment for over three decades.

They reduce the level of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in the blood, which helps prevent the formation of plaques in blood vessels, improving their patency and reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

For 30 years, they have been the leading medications for the treatment of atherosclerosis.

The cardiologist noted that new injectable drugs that inactivate the PCSK9 gene in the liver (incliziran, evolocumab, alirocumab) have appeared on the market, but they have not been able to replace statins completely.

Popular myths

Statins and the liver

The medication does not harm the liver or lead to cirrhosis. On the contrary, it may reduce the risk of its development.

Muscle pain

Statins do not break down muscles or make them weak. Although occasional side effects like muscle pain may occur, it is rare and mostly associated with the use of low-quality generics or older forms of the drug, such as lovastatin and simvastatin.

Impact on the brain

Statins do not cause dementia or Alzheimer's disease, unlike atherosclerosis of the arteries in the brain, which can worsen cognitive function.

Cancer risk

The doctor notes that they do not cause cancer, cataracts, or joint damage. These are common myths.

Statins and male health

They do not lead to impotence. In reality, problems with potency are more often caused by atherosclerosis of the penile arteries rather than the intake of statins.

Natalia Ivaniuk also added that statins are a reliable treatment for atherosclerosis, confirming their effectiveness and safety through years of clinical use. However, it is not recommended to take them without a doctor's prescription.

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