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Cholesterol

28 September 2010

Statins prevent stroke, heart attacks

Broader use of cholesterol-lowering statins may be a cost-effective way to prevent heart attack and stroke, researchers suggest.

Broader use of cholesterol-lowering statins may be a cost-effective way to prevent heart attack and stroke, researchers suggest.

Hlatky's team set out to determine the cost-effectiveness of three statin therapy approaches in patients with normal cholesterol levels and no evidence of heart disease or diabetes: following current guidelines; conducting CRP screening in patients who don't meet current statin treatment guidelines and offering statins to those with elevated CRP levels; and providing statin therapy based on a patient's cardiovascular risk alone, with no CRP testing.

 

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