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Statins Improve Outcomes for Heart Attack and Stroke Patients after Hospital Discharge

04:49 EST 13 Nov 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake say that patients who have had a previous heart attack or stroke have better outcomes when cholesterol-lowering medications are used after they're discharged from the hospital. The team looked at more than 62,000 records of patients from the Intermountain Healthcare system between 1999 and 2013 who survived an initial atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease event. They were then followed for three years, or until death, to identify the effectiveness of statin use prescribed at the time of their discharge. Details of the study are being presented today at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, CA. "Patients who were prescribed a statin medication following an initial heart attack or stroke reduced their risk of a future adverse event such as a future heart attack, stroke, revascularization, or death, by almost 25%—the rate dropped from 34% to 26%," said Jeffrey L. ...

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