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Pharmacy closures cause decline in cardiovascular medication adherence

2019 25 Apr

Nonadherence to cardiovascular prescription medications is observed in nearly 50% of patients. Despite efforts to improve the affordability of these drugs among older adults, the problem of nonadherence still persists.  Several factors contribute to this nonadherence including the cost of drugs as well as pharmacy accessibility.  Geographical... Read more

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Why patients don't take statins as prescribed

2019 04 Apr

According to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, many patients who could benefit from statins do not take them.  Statins lower the amount of LDL and have been proven to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. The American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology recommend the use of an atherosclerotic... Read more

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Low statin adherence increases mortality in patients with ASCVD

2019 20 Feb

Using a national sample of U.S. Veterans Affairs patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), a JAMA study found that a low adherence to statin therapy was associated with a greater risk of dying. Women, minorities, younger adults, and older adults were less likely to adhere to statins. These findings underscore the importance of finding... Read more

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Benefits of statins in the elderly

2019 07 Feb

According to data from 27 randomised trials in the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists' (CTT) Collaboration database, each 1.0 mmol/L reduction in LDL cholesterol with statin therapy reduces the risk of major vascular events by about a fifth. This risk reduction was observed with similar proportions in men and women.  However, rates of use of... Read more

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Are we underestimating the risks of statins?

2018 12 Dec

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the 10-year risk thresholds that are used in guidelines to prescribe statins for the prevention of heart disease could be too low.  The study authors argue that while current guidelines consider the benefits of statins, they fail to take into account the potential risks... Read more

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Practical hints on dealing with statin intolerance

2018 08 May

Statin intolerance is a worldwide problem concerning the inability to tolerate a dose of statin required to sufficiently reduce cardiovascular (CV) risk. However, it is worth emphasising that with the five-step approach (four-diagnostic steps + therapy), more than 90 percent of these patients might be treated with statins, according to an article published... Read more

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Continued Statin Use Linked to Lower Death Risk

2017 25 Jul

A Brigham and Women's Hospital-led study published in Annals of Internal Medicine highlights the benefits of prolonged statin use. Researchers found that patients who continued receiving statins after experiencing an adverse reaction – e.g., muscle aches and pains or gastrointestinal symptoms – had lower rates of death and cardiovascular events. Among... Read more

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Statins Improve Heart Structure and Function

2017 29 May

According to research presented at EuroCMR 2017, statins improve heart structure and function. The benefits of the drugs are thus above and beyond cholesterol management. Lead author Dr Nay Aung, a cardiologist and Wellcome Trust research fellow, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, UK explains that while statins are... Read more

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Statins in Older Adults' Primary Cardiovascular Prevention

2017 23 May

New research shows there was no benefit of a statin for all-cause mortality or coronary heart disease events when a statin was started for primary prevention in older adults with hypertension and moderately high cholesterol. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, analysed data from older adults in the Lipid-Lowering Trial (LLT) component of... Read more

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Statins: Muscle-Related Side Effects or Nocebo Effect?

2017 04 May

According to a new study, muscle-related symptoms are less commonly reported when patients and doctors are unaware that statin therapy is being used as compared to when these patients and doctors are aware. The findings are published in The Lancet. See Also : Low Adherence to Statins Following Heart Attack The study evaluated data on 26 side... Read more