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
Certain foods that are part of your daily diet