What You Should Know About Statins and Your Heart

Hosted by Perry J. Weinstock, MD

Statins are drugs that are used to lower cholesterol but they might be beneficial for people with cholesterol levels within the normal range.  Whether you need to be on a statin depends on your cholesterol level along with your other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If you have high cholesterol, meaning your total cholesterol level is 240 mg/dL or higher, or your "bad" cholesterol (LDL) level is 130 mg/dL or higher, the numbers alone won't tell you or your doctor the whole story. Other risk factors including heredity, diet and whether you are a smoker all need to be considered.  High cholesterol affects all arteries, not just those in the heart. Its negative effects permeate the body, so it's likely that the benefits of lowering cholesterol might have widespread health benefits as well. So who should take statins and what can they do for you?

Find out more from Perry Weinstock, MD, Cooper’s Director of Clinical Cardiology and Head of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease.

Dr. Weinstock received his medical degree from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his internship, residency and a fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, clinical lipidology, and internal medicine. Dr. Weinstock’s special interests include: preventive cardiology,  lipid disorders, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, and hypertension. Dr. Weinstock sees patients in offices in Cherry Hill, Voorhees and Camden.