Talk to a doctor before stopping drugs
IN RESPONSE to public debate about the role of statins in reducing heart attack and stroke in people at risk of cardiovascular disease, NPS MedicineWise is urging people not to stop taking their medicine without talking to their doctor first.
NPS MedicineWise chief Dr Lynn Weekes said cardiovascular disease remained Australia's biggest killer and by 2050 it was predicted one in four people would be affected.
"Your risk of cardiovascular disease is based on many different factors, including your age, gender, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, lifestyle factors and other medical conditions," Dr Weekes said.
"If you have been prescribed a statin to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack or stroke, it is important that you keep taking your medicine as directed."
Statins have also been shown to reduce the chance of having a first heart attack or stroke.