The debate about how to stave off heart disease and maintain healthy cholesterol levels has come into sharp focus again of late, as the medical community debates a recommendation about statin use passed down by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

In this article we'll explain exactly what the recommendation said, as well as take a closer look at statin side effects, disagreements among doctors concerning statin use, the role of coenzyme Q10 in relation to statins, statin alternatives and plenty more besides.