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Statins and Heart Health

Published: March 1, 2009

I’ve read people with heart problems should not use statin drugs. I’m diabetic and on my second pacemaker. Our medical insurance is suggesting that I change from Lipitor to the statin drug simvastatin. Please inform me if this should be done.

On the contrary, statins are routinely taken by people with heart problems to lower elevated lipids. The statin should not affect your pacemaker at all. Simvastatin (Zocor) can be substituted for Lipitor (atorvastatin) as long as you check your lipids to be sure the new drug effectively reduces your cholesterol.

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