What is the problem and what is known about it so far?
We know that people who smoke cigarettes are at risk for a heart attack, stroke, and other diseases of the blood vessels. So are those who have diabetes, an elevated level of cholesterol in the blood, and some other risk factors. It is even possible to predict a person's risk for these diseases by using that person's risk factors. Experts recommend that clinicians prescribe statin medications to prevent these diseases when a person's risk is above a specific level.