THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statins reduce the risk of heart disease and death in otherwise healthy people who have very high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, a long-term study finds.

For 20 years, more than 5,500 men in Scotland who did not have heart disease but who had high levels of LDL took 40 milligrams of pravastatin, a relatively weak type of statin, daily. Doing so reduced their overall risk of death by 18 percent, the risk of death from heart…

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