Study: Cholesterol lowering drug may benefit those at low risk, too

September 28, 2010 2:39:31 PM PDT
More people might benefit from taking cholesterol lowering drugs, according to a study in the journal 'Circulation.'The study finds giving cholesterol lowering statin drugs to more people, based on risk, might be a cost effective way to prevent heart attacks.

But the drug has also benefited people without high heart risks. The study showed the statins were worth the cost of the treatment.

Scientists say they still need more information on how safe and effective these drugs are in low risk populations before it becomes a routine practice.