Heart meds re­ally of­fer pro­tec­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - GOOD VIBES -

AN OB­SER­VA­TIONAL study en­com­pass­ing nearly 15,000 pa­tients traces a link be­tween med­i­ca­tions pre­scribed to pre­vent heart at­tacks, such as statins and as­pirin, and re­duced sever­ity of said at­tacks when they do oc­cur.

“Car­dio­pro­tec­tive med­i­ca­tions such as as­pirin, statins, and beta-block­ers are pre­scribed to pa­tients who have high risk of a heart at­tack be­cause they re­duce the chance of a first or re­peat event,” said the study’s first au­thor Dr Min Li, from China’s Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity Health Science Cen­tre.

“Un­til now, it was not known whether th­ese drugs pro­vided any ben­e­fit to pa­tients who de­velop a heart at­tack de­spite tak­ing the med­i­ca­tion.”

Prior use of rel­e­vant med­i­ca­tions were “sig­nif­i­cantly as­so­ci­ated with less sever­ity of dis­ease, less ar­rhyth­mia, and re­duced risk of [ma­jor ad­verse car­dio­vas­cu­lar events] dur­ing hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion”, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the Euro­pean So­ci­ety of Car­di­ol­ogy (ESC).

“This sug­gests that th­ese drugs may re­duce the se­ri­ous­ness of ACS events, which lessens the clin­i­cal im­pact,” said Lin.

“Many heart at­tack pa­tients stop tak­ing their pre­ven­tive med­i­ca­tions. We need to do more to en­cour­age ad­her­ence,” said Prof Michel Ko­ma­jda, course di­rec­tor of the ESC pro­gramme. – AFP

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