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Statins in 20s may help people avoid heart attacks and strokes in later life, say experts

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Prescribing statins to people in their 20s could prevent heart attacks and strokes in their 70s, a new study has suggested.

Researchers who analysed the health outcomes for 400,000 people aged between 40 and 59, found those who had high cholesterol at a young age were far more likely to suffer cardiovascular problems 30 years later.

Although it was known that cholesterol in middle age and older is dangerous, nobody had ever looked to see if the same risks applied for younger people. 

The scientists from Queen’s University Belfast and Germany, said that high cholesterol in young people may be even more dangerous because they are exposed to it for longer. 

Professor Stefan Blankenberg, medical…

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