statin

noun
stat·​in | \ ˈsta-tᵊn How to pronounce statin (audio) \

Definition of statin

: any of a group of drugs (such as lovastatin and simvastatin) that inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol and promote the production of LDL-binding receptors in the liver resulting in a usually marked decrease in the level of LDL and a modest increase in the level of HDL circulating in blood plasma

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Recent Examples on the Web Earlier studies showed that these treatments have long-lasting effects, so rather than a daily dosage like some statins, a person might only need a dose every 1 to 6 months depending on the therapy. Baylor College Of Medicine, Houston Chronicle, "Little-known cardiovascular disease risk factor target for potential new treatment," 7 Feb. 2020 In several cases, participants were able to discontinue or take smaller doses of medications, such as cholesterol-lowering statins or hypertension drugs. Melissa Healy, chicagotribune.com, "Eating only during a 10-hour window improved health for those with common syndrome," 11 Dec. 2019 The drug, Praluent (PRALL-yoo-ent), modestly cut the risk of death or heart problems in a big study of people who recently had suffered a heart attack and already were taking or had tried statins. Washington Post, "Study: Cholesterol drug lowers risk of death, heart attack," 10 Mar. 2018 Lown’s patient advocates don’t dispute that the medications and therapies emerging in recent decades have helped extend lives, especially cancer drugs and the statins and beta-blockers that prevent heart attacks and strokes. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "Critics fighting to curb an epidemic of medication side effects," 13 Jan. 2020 There are no clinical studies measuring how young adults who receive statins or other cholesterol-lowering drugs before the age of 45 fare decades later. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Study: Young adults with high cholesterol face greater risk of heart attack or stroke," 5 Dec. 2019 And prevention efforts, including statin medications and a national anti-tobacco campaign, were reducing heart attack deaths among those under 64. Melissa Healy, chicagotribune.com, "Suicides and overdoses among factors fueling drop in US life expectancy," 3 Dec. 2019 And prevention efforts, including statin medications and a national anti-tobacco campaign, were reducing heart attack deaths among those under 64. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive, "Americans are dying earlier, new research confirms: drug overdoses, suicide, disease to blame," 26 Nov. 2019 What has happened is that over the past 50 years, changes in lifestyle and new treatments (like statins) have been lowering rates of heart disease. Harvard Health Letter, chicagotribune.com, "Were the old aspirin studies wrong?," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of statin

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for statin

from -statin (as in lovastatin)

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The first known use of statin was in 1985

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14 Feb 2020

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“Statin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statin. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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statin

noun
stat·​in | \ ˈstat-ᵊn How to pronounce statin (audio) \

Medical Definition of statin

: any of a group of lipid-lowering drugs (as lovastatin and simvastatin) that function by inhibiting a liver enzyme which controls the synthesis of cholesterol and by promoting the production of LDL-binding receptors in the liver resulting in a usually marked decrease in the level of LDL and a modest increase in the level of HDL circulating in blood plasma

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