Statins Just as Effective for Women as Men, Study Finds

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It's not clear how the side effects of the drug compare between men and women, according to the findings. Most of the studies analyzed did not record the sex of the patients who experienced side effects.

When Kohli's brother suffered a massive heart attack, she consulted additional doctors for their opinions and has been taking statins since November 2011.

"I feel a lot better," said Kohli, adding that she hasn't experienced any side effects. "I think it's one of the best things that's happened to me."

But it's hard to know if other women who don't have clear symptoms, or those considered at low-risk for heart disease, will benefit from statins.

The study does little to address that part of the debate, Dr, Lori Mosca, director of preventive cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center wrote in an accompanying editorial published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Until more studies track the side effects, the risk of death, to get a better sense of when and how statins should be used for women, "medicine is still an art," Mosca wrote.

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