While nearly no one would dispute the need and efficacy of statins for high-risk patients (those who have had previous heart attacks, etc.), my question is about those for whom the vast majority of statin prescriptions are written: otherwise healthy adults, with no history of heart disease, who simply have high LDL cholesterol levels. Basically, these drugs are given as a primary heart attack prevention treatment.
But as current debate shows, this is far from wholly accepted within the medical community. So my question is, should statins be used in this primary preventative method?