Features November 2017 Issue

Too Many Heart Attack Survivors Stop Taking Their Statins

Too Many Heart Attack Survivors Stop Taking Their Statins

Research suggests that more than half of first-time heart attack patients stop taking statins within two years after

Among the instructions you receive after treatment for a heart attack are recommendations to take certain medications to help prevent a second cardiac event. Typically, the list includes aspirin to help prevent blood clots, as well as beta blockers to help ease the burden on the heart, and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors to help lower blood pressure. Another important medication that helps lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol is a statin.

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