Statins benefit women as much as men
New research published in the Lancet concludes that statin drugs work just as effectively to reduce heart disease risk factors in women as they do in men. These results follow previous studies on statin therapy for women that have reached mixed conclusions about its effectiveness.
The analysis, completed at the University of Sydney in Australia, included data on more than 174,000 patients and was the largest to date. The main measurement looked at in the study was the amount of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol reduction during one year on statin. The researchers found that number was the same for both women and men.
Statins, which include atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), block the body's production of cholesterol. High or abnormal cholesterol levels are considered a major risk factor for developing clogged and hardened blood vessels, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.