Should everyone over 40 be given statins?

Cardiologists have discovered another positive side to statins that may broaden their use.

A team from Queen Mary University of London report that in addition to the drug's cholesterol-lowering effects, statins are also associated with improved heart structure and function.

Their study of more than 4600 older adults without cardiovascular disease found that those prescribed statins for hyperlipidaemia were less likely to have left ventricular hypertrophy and less likely to have a large heart chamber than the healthier control group.

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