Factors to Consider when Choosing a Statin
There are many important factors to consider when choosing a statin. Some things to discuss with your healthcare provider include:
- What statin intensity do I require?
- How will my body process the statin?
- What statin is the safest?
- Which statin has the fewest side effects?
Statin Intolerance Affects 9.1% of Patients
Statin intolerance is when someone cannot take their statin therapy due to side-effects or adverse events they experience. Certain risk factors that increase your chances including:
- Being female: 47.9% increase risk
- Increasing age: 33.1% increased risk
- Having hypothyroidism: 39.6% increased risk
- Being overweight: 30.6% increased risk
Learn more about additional statin intolerance risk factors here and what you can do.
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