I can tell you, there are other statins, so talk to your doctor about which one may be right for you.”

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How are some statins different than others?

All statins have the same goal—in conjunction with a heart-healthy diet, to bring down high cholesterol (which can build up within your arteries and may result in a heart attack or stroke). However, not all statins are broken down in the body in the same way. The way in which a statin is broken down can depend on individual factors that vary from person to person.

These are just some of the factors that can help inform (or play a role in) the determination of which statin is best for you:

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Other medical conditions you have or may be at risk for

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Your medical history

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Medications or supplements you are taking

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Your age

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Your ethnicity

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Certain foods that are part of your daily diet