Features April 2012 Issue

Research Shows Statins Still Under-Prescribed

Most heart disease patients can benefit from statin therapy, but too few are actually taking the medication.

Many heart experts agree that if youíve been diagnosed with heart disease you should be on a statin, unless thereís a medical reason why you canít take the cholesterol-lowering drug. But according to a study published in the November 29, 2011 issue of Circulation, despite robust clinical trial evidence, a substantial number of patients with obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) remain untreated with statins. Out of 38,775 study participants, a small proportion were treated with non-statin therapy, and one in six patients were simply untreated.

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