Take more statins to beat heart at­tacks

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Uk & World News -

THOU­SANDS of heart at­tacks and deaths from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease could be pre­vented by pa­tients tak­ing higher doses of statins and tak­ing the drugs as ad­vised by doc­tors, a study has sug­gested.

Re­searchers at Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don and the Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter es­ti­mate the mea­sures could lead to 12,000 car­dio­vas­cu­lar events – such as a heart at­tack or stroke – be­ing averted among high-risk pa­tients in the UK.

The pa­per, pub­lished in the jour­nal JAMA Net­work Open, is the first to look at the com­bined ef­fect of high in­ten­sity statin treat­ment and ad­her­ence in pa­tients who have al­ready had a car­dio­vas­cu­lar event and who are at in­creased risk of it hap­pen­ing again, com­pared to the gen­eral pub­lic.

It found that those tak­ing the high­est doses of statins to re­duce their low­den­sity lipopro­tein (LDL) choles­terol lev­els – the “bad” choles­terol which builds up in the ar­ter­ies – and, cru­cially, who take the med­i­ca­tion as ad­vised by their doc­tor, saw the big­gest re­duc­tions in risk.

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