Academic Editor: Vincent Figueredo
According to current views, statins have a wide range of beneficial effects (lipid and non-lipid) on the cardiovascular system, so they are one of the most commonly used drugs for the prevention and management of patients with cardiovascular diseases. However, it is important to note that information about many beneficial effects of statins is contradictory. In addition, a number of side effects of statins, in particular, myotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, diabetogenic property, etc., may limit the possibility of using statins or even force doctors to cancel these drugs. Also, some concerns are caused by recent studies reporting cardiotoxicity of statins and increased serum concentrations of biomarkers of myocardial damage (highly sensitive cardiac troponins (hs-cTns)) in patients taking statins. This article discusses in detail the possible mechanisms of cardiotoxicity of statins and outlines the directions for further research in this area.