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Medicines to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke: Questions for the doctor

Statins are medicines that reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by helping to lower or prevent high cholesterol (“koh-LEHS-tuh-rahl”).

Experts recommend that you take a statin if all 3 of these statements are true:

Statins aren’t right for everyone, and all medicines have pros and cons. When you talk with your doctor about taking a statin, it’s important to discuss your personal preferences as well as your risk for heart attack and stroke.

What do I ask the doctor?

Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down ahead of time. You may also want to ask a family member or close friend to go with you to take notes.

Print out these questions and take them to your appointment.

If your doctor recommends that you take a statin, you might want to ask these questions, too.