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Muscle problems caused by statins: Can a genetic test reveal your risk?

By: Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter In the United States, more than 40% of people ages 60 and older take a cholesterol-lowering statin to reduce their risk of a heart attack. But up to half of people who are prescribed these drugs quit taking them because they experience what they believe to be statin-related side effects ó most often muscle pain. Others avoid statins altogether because of that worry. Thatís why many…

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