DR Rob Hicks

Your Question:

Statins are proven to be safe and very effective at reducing cholesterol are there plans to make them more widely available on the NHS?

Rob HicksDr Rob Hicks, Spring Chicken GP says:

In 2014 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended lowering the threshold for people to be offered cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to try and prevent them suffering heart attacks and strokes. A person’s individual risk of having a heart attack or stroke is calculated using the QRISK2 tool and if their risk of having a heart attack or stroke is 10% or more within the following 10 years, treatment with a statin drug is offered.

There are other ways of lowering cholesterol that including eating a diet that is low in saturated fat, exercising regularly, and losing weight if needed. Foods containing plant sterols and stanols – such as spreads, yoghurts and drinks – can also help lower cholesterol levels.