There has recently been negative, confusing & differences in press coverage about statins. With this in mind, Public Health England have published an article “what you need to know about statins” to allay fears and give a balanced and informative overview. Click here to read more.
A recent article Over 75’s who stop taking statins “may raise risk of heart attack” was published on the NHS website. Click here to link to this article.
The Telford Healthy Heart Champions and members of the Telford Patient First Group are getting out and about in Telford & Wrekin to tell you all about Telford Healthy Hearts.
Look out for the banners in your GP surgery, where you can pick up a leaflet to read at your leisure.
"Start giving your heart some love today".
Telford Healthy Heart Champions
Telford & Wrekin Patient Participation Group
Look out for 'Harley The Telford Healthy Heart' when you are out and about over the coming months.
If your GP identifies you would benefit from medication changes, you will receive a letter. The letter will either:
- Prescribe you a statin (medication)
- Increase your current dosage
- Change your current statin medication to ‘atorvastatin’ which is more effective.
Your new medication will automatically be added to your repeat prescribing list. Please request your new prescription in the usual way
If you are increasing your dosage or changing to ‘atorvastatin’, please DO NOT leave any gaps in taking your medication.
When starting a statin or taking a higher dose, a routine blood test is advised after three months. Please arrange this with your practice in the usual way.
If you do not wish to take up this offer, please consider that this can reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. If you still decide not to take up this offer, please complete the ‘opt out’ slip at the foot of your letter and return it to your GP Practice.