In its first scientific statement specifically aimed at reviewing statin harms, the American Heart Association (AHA) concludes that the benefits of these commonly used drugs greatly outweigh the risks.
"With the exception of hemorrhagic stroke and the possible exception of newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus and some cases of autoimmune necrotizing myositis, statin adverse effects can almost always be reversed by stopping treatment. In contrast, an MI or ischemic stroke permanently damages an individual's heart or brain and can be fatal," the committee said.
"Thus, in the patient population in whom statins are recommended by current guidelines, the benefit of reducing cardiovascular risk with statin therapy far outweighs any safety concerns."
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