People who suffer from high levels of cholesterol that leads to cardiovascular diseases are often prescribed with statin. Statin is a very common medicine used to lower cholesterol level for patient with low blood pressure who have suffer from a heart attack.
However, there has always been a debate on statin due to its negative side effects. Previous studies have shown that statin is in fact very helpful were it reduces the risk of heart attacks to almost 50%. However, only 6% of patients who are advised to use statin will actually use the full course.
A recent study conducted by an assistant professor in The University of Toledo Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dr. Ajith Karunarathne has shown that statin might actually have more benefits that we thought it did.
The main focus of the study was to find out the negative effects of the drug and tackling each and every one of them. However, during the study, Dr. Ajith found that statins suppresses a biological process in the body that cause defects in the cardiac feature of the body, which leads to heart attacks.
According to Dr. Ajith, “We believe this and our future investigations can help physicians make more informed decisions about prescribing statins, opening a whole new door to what statins can do in addition to cholesterol control. We observed that different types of statins induce very different deviations or changes to G proteins in the GPCR pathway.”