Not only do statins lower LDL cholesterol, they also have been shown to substantially reduce the risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. While statins are well tolerated by most people, they do sometimes have side effects that can limit their use, says Michael Rocco, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Stress Testing, Section of Preventive Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic.
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The most common side effects include gastrointestinal intolerance such as nausea or bloating, upper respiratory symptoms, headache, liver abnormalities and muscle aches. Dr. Rocco explains that while the incidence is very uncommon overall, it’s important to report any potential side effects to your cardiologist so that he or she can assess and manage them.