Heart Myth or Fact #22: You can eat whatever you want if you take statins

MYTH

Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol. They can help prevent a heart attack by preventing plaque to rupture. They also make blood vessels more flexible. However, most people that are prescribed statins, are first suggested to modify their lifestyle. That means diet, exercise, and the end of smoking if they do.

The lifestyle change should be continued even if statins are prescribed. As we’ve seen with all of the previous Heart Myths, heart disease is the result of a variety of factors. Eating a diet in high cholesterol puts your heart at risk and if you are on statins, can be counter-productive to the medication.

Previous Heart Myth/Fact.

Next Heart Myth/Fact (available 2/23 at 11 a.m.).

Information for this post was found via CBS.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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