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

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:

Other medical conditions you have or may be at risk for

Your medical history

Medications or supplements you are taking

Your age

Your ethnicity

Certain foods that are part of your daily diet