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Low Adherence to Statins Following Heart Attack

2017 19 Apr

According to a study published by JAMA Cardiology, a large proportion of patients who were prescribed high-intensity statins following hospitalisation for a heart attack did not adhere to their prescribed medication at two years after discharge.See Also: Statin Dose, Timing May Improve Heart Surgery OutcomesThe study was conducted with Medicare beneficiaries... Read more

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Study: Low Statin Use in Patients with High LDC-C Levels

2017 09 Jan

Treatment with statins is recommended for all adults 21 years or older with an elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) level of 190 mg/dL or greater. However, a new study published in JAMA Cardiology shows low statin prescription rates even for patients in their 30s and 40s who have severe elevations in LDL-C levels.See Also: Statin vs... Read more

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PCSK9 and HMGCR Genetic Variants Affect Cardiovascular Disease Risk

2016 06 Dec

Variants in the genes encoding HMGCR (the target of statins) and PCSK9 (the target of PCSK9 inhibitors) that lowered LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, in each gene were associated with nearly identical protective effects on the risk of cardiovascular events per unit reduction in LDL cholesterol, according to new research published in The New England Journal... Read more

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Statins Combined with Stroke Prevention Drug Increase Risk of Haemorrhage

2016 22 Nov

According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), two commonly used statins can increase the risk of haemorrhage when combined with dabigatran etexilate, a stroke prevention drug  used in patients with atrial fibrillation. See Also: Statins and Drug-Drug Interactions: AHA Scientific Statement A possible side effect of... Read more

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Statins Before Cardiac Arrest Improve Survival Odds Afterwards

2016 14 Nov

According to a study presented at the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016, patients who have been taking statins have better chances of surviving longer after a cardiac arrest.  See Also: High-Intensity Statin Therapy Linked to Lower Risk of Death Cholesterol-lowering statins are prescribed... Read more

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High-Intensity Statin Therapy Linked to Lower Risk of Death

2016 12 Nov

A large, cohort study published in JAMA Cardiology demonstrates that there is an inverse association between intensity of statin therapy and mortality risk in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). See Also: Statin vs Nonstatin Therapies for Lowering LDL-C Statin therapy remains the cornerstone for the prevention of ASCVD.... Read more

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Statins, Aspirin Reduce Heart Attack Severity

2016 20 Sep

According to new research, medications prescribed for prevention of heart attacks such as statins and aspirin can also reduce the severity of heart attacks. The research is published in PLOS ONE and findings will be presented at the 27th Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC).The study was conducted with 14,790 patients hospitalised... Read more

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Statins Before Heart Surgery Reduce Complications

2016 12 Jan

A review article to be published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery suggests the use of statins before and after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. The drugs are believed to reduce cardiac complications, such as atrial fibrillation, following surgery as well as the risk of death during and after surgery.Some of the key points of the review... Read more

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Negative Statin Stories Impact Patients

2015 06 Dec

According to a study published in the European Heart Journal, negative news stories about statins result in some people choosing to discontinue their statin treatment which in turn increases their risk of heart attacks and dying from heart disease. The research was conducted by researchers in Denmark and included 674,900 people aged 40 and older who... Read more

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Poor Levels of Availability, Affordability, Use of Vital Heart Medicines

2015 27 Oct

According to research published in The Lancet, the use of vital life-saving generic medicines for the prevention of heart disease is poor worldwide. In low-income and middle-income countries, these medicines are either not easily available or if they are, they are often unaffordable. In rich countries, availability and affordability is not usually an... Read more