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Should I take a statin for high cholesterol ?

I'm work out a lot. I have a really low resting heart rate. I'm 30 and no heart problems in the family history. Are statins dangerous? Thanks!! I forget the exact number but the bad stuff was 274.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Statins, like all medications, have side effects or the possibility of adverse reactions. You don't mention your cholesterol numbers, but in general unless you have risk factors for coronary artery disease [CAD] (male age > 55, diabetes, smoker, high blood pressure, family history of CAD), you can use diet and exercise to keep your LDL (bad cholesterol) below 130mg/dL. It isn't until you develop heart disease that you need to target lower numbers-which usually requires medications. I would urge you to research ways to change your diet to lower your cholesterol and avoid medications for as long as you can.
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