"Researchers Identify Strategies To Optimize Statin Treatment For Muscle Symptoms"
Statins are highly effective for preventing heart attacks by reducing low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol. However, 10 to 20 percent of patients taking statins report muscle-related symptoms including aches, pains, and cramps that prevent the use of recommended doses. Patients who have difficulty taking statins have high risk of cardiovascular events, resulting in higher health care costs. Mount Sinai researchers are providing approaches to optimize cardiovascular risk reduction for these patients. “Muscle symptoms experienced by patients on statin therapy may or may not be related to the medication,” said the study’s lead author, Robert Rosenson, MD, professor of medicine and cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “A different statin may be well tolerated in patients who were unable to tolerate a particular statin,” he added.
- Robert Rosenson, MD, Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Cardiometabolic Disorders