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Report Shows Cholesterol Drugs May Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke In Healthy Patients

A large new study suggests that millions more people could benefit from taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, even if they have low cholesterol, because the drugs can significantly lower their risk of heart attacks, strokes and death.

The study, involving nearly 18,000 people worldwide, tested statin treatment in men 50 and older and in women 60 and older who did not have high cholesterol or histories of heart disease. What they did have was high levels of a protein called high-sensitivity C-reactive protein which indicates inflammation in the body.

The study, published online in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that the risk of heart attack was more than cut in half for people who took statins.

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