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

With pharmacists’ help, we could prevent up to half of all strokes

Lowri Griffiths, Head of Communications and External Affairs, Wales

I was quite shocked when I started working for the Stroke Association, at just how many strokes could be prevented.  I was even more shocked that about 40% of ischaemic strokes (those caused by a blockage of the blood supply to the brain) are caused by high blood pressure.

Read more With pharmacists’ help, we could prevent up to half of all strokes

Aspirin – a cure all?

By Sotiris Antoniou, Consultant Pharmacist Cardiovascular Medicine, St Bartholomews Hospital, London

Every day there seems to be new research about aspirin, much of it contradictory. Interest in aspirin has never been greater, but is it really the cure-all it’s sometimes portrayed as in the media? And what should pharmacists be recommending to patients who come in self-medicating with low-dose aspirin? Read more Aspirin – a cure all?