High doses of the heart drugs known as statins (including rosuvastatin, atorvastatin and simvastatin) seriously increase your risk of kidney damage.
A study by Canadian researchers has found that people taking relatively large amounts of these pharmaceuticals are 34 percent more vulnerable to a condition known as acute kidney injury (AKI). Every year, AKI kills about 40,000 people in the United States. Deaths from AKI have more than doubled in the U.S. during the past decade.
It is estimated that more than 30 million Americans take statins.