Statins and muscle pain

Helen Williams 2 By Helen Williams, Consultant Pharmacist for Cardiovascular Disease, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Statins are a type of medicine which reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood and are taken by around 5 million people in the UK every day.

High levels of cholesterol can lead to a narrowing and hardening of the arteries, which in turn increases your risk of heart disease, a heart attack or a stroke. Taking a statin reduces this risk by helping to keep your cholesterol  levels down. Read more Statins and muscle pain