Research Shows Statins Still Under-Prescribed

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

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Many heart experts agree that if youve been diagnosed with heart disease you should be on a statin, unless theres a medical reason why you cant 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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