Were you offered statins at your NHS Health Check? The decision whether to start taking statins should be made after an informed discussion between you and your doctor about the risks and benefits of treatment.
New guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend lowering the bar for statin use in adults at risk of heart disease.
NICE suggests up to 8,000 lives could be saved every three years if everyone with a 10% risk of developing cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years is offered one of the widely used cholesterol-lowering medications.
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