A Brief Guide to Statins and its Benefits
Statins are a class of drugs that doctors prescribe for patients with high levels of cholesterol in their blood. Statins act on the liver and inhibit production of cholesterol by it. Cholesterol is believed to have an adverse affect on the heart’s functioning. Some of the commonly sold Statins are Simvastatin, Atorvastatin, Fluvastatin, Lovastatin, Pitavastatin, Pravastatin and Rosuvastatin. There are also several other Statins as combination medicines.
Statins are known to be beneficial against esophageal cancer (the tube that runs from mouth to the stomach). Statins are known to lower your body’s LDL cholesterol to desirable levels. Sometimes Statins may be administered along with other drugs to make them more effective.
Statins are not without side effects and there is an element of risk attached to it like any other medication. Your doctor is the best person to decide whether you should take Statins or not. In deciding your case, your doctor will consider various factors like your family’s history of cardiovascular diseases, your lifestyle, your blood pressure, and your general level of health, your proneness to diabetes, obesity, your smoking habit and the present condition of your arteries in your neck, legs and arms.
Statins are sometimes not known to be effective in certain patients. Doctors in these cases either increase the dosage of the current Statins you are using or it may be combined with other drugs to show noticeable effect. In addition to taking Statins, you may also have to make changes to your diet to see results come in faster.
Though prescribing Statins is primarily aimed at lowering blood cholesterol level in your body, they have other beneficial action as well. Statins are anti-inflammatory and this helps to stabilize the walls of blood-carrying vessels. As a result they benefit virtually every body organ that receives blood through the vessels. Your heart is however the most likely organ to benefit from Statins medication. They can –
- Prevent the forming of plaques on blood vessels and arteries from thickening
- Reduce your chances of getting a heart attack
- Relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure in individuals
- Reduce the forming of clots in blood
Because Statins have the capability to reduce blood clotting, they are prescribed for pre and post coronary care for artery bypass surgery and for treatment of post stroke in patients. Though not full established, Statins can be beneficial for the treatment of arthritis, bone fractures, some cancer types, Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, and kidney diseases. Statins are also widely used as a post-operative prescription in organ transplants.
When you talk to your doctor about Statins, you should also enquire about risk factors involved in taking it. You should particularly discuss the implications of Statins on your cardiovascular system. There are also other factors that have an impact on taking Statins, like for example your willingness to take medications for the rest of your life, your willingness to make lifestyle changes and the possibilities of other medications interfering with Statins performance and the chances of side effects.
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