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28 November 2012
Combining statin treatment with better fitness may do more to ward off death than either intervention alone, according to researchers.
In a study of over 10,000 people with high blood fat or cholesterol levels, death rates were found to be lowest for people who were physically fit as well as taking statins.
Natasha Stewart, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said: “Both statins and exercise can help combat high blood cholesterol levels and look after your heart.
“However, this research shows that the two together can provide a winning combination to further improve your heart health, with higher intensity exercise possibly offering more protection.
“If you have high cholesterol, make sure you speak to your doctor about the best treatment regime to keep your heart healthy.”
This research was published in The Lancet.