Submitted by Dr T on March 29, 2013 – 8:36am
Statins are commonly used to treat high cholesterol and minimize the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and in particular, the risk of developing Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). Studies have shown there is no clear evidence of any significant harm caused by statin prescription, but – particularly at higher doses – they are sometimes associated with side effects that include
- A higher risk for diabetes,
- Harmfull side effects such as liver abnormalities and leg cramping.
If none of these things apply to your situation, you may not need statin therapy if you are indeed at a low risk, but I would recommend to contiue with the treatment of your hypertension.
Meanwhile I recommend a heart healthy lifestyle that may be just as effective.
Hope this helps,