People Who Are Diabetic And Glucose Intolerant Can Benefit From "Statin" Drug Therapy, Even If Cholesterol Levels Are Normal

DALLAS, Dec. 8 -- A cholesterol-lowering drug may help reduce the risk of another heart attack and the need for artery-opening procedures in people with diabetes and heart disease who have average blood levels of cholesterol, according to a study in today's issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The study involved a subgroup of 586 diabetic individuals in the Cholesterol and Recurrent Events (CARE) trial, a five-year study that compared therapy using the drug pravastatin to placebo in men and women who had a previous heart attack and average blood levels of cholesterol.

"Although diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease, little information is available on the effects of cholesterol-lowering therapies in individuals with diabetes," says co-author Frank M. Sacks, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Because the CARE trial population -- a total of 4,159 patients from 80 clinical centers in the United States and Canada -- included a large number of individuals, scientists had enough data to determine whether pravastatin therapy reduced the risk of recurrent heart attack or the need for treatment to unblock the arteries in people with diabetes.

Pravastatin is one of the statin class of cholesterol-lowering drugs called HMG CoA inhibitors.

Sacks reports that, compared with those in the placebo group, diabetic patients who received pravastatin had a 25 percent reduction in relative risk of having another heart attack. The relative risk of needing coronary artery bypass or angioplasty to unblock blood vessels was reduced by 32 percent in the statin-treated group.

The researchers also analyzed data from a subgroup of 342 people without diabetes who met the American Diabetes Association's definition of being glucose intolerant (fasting blood glucose levels between 110 to 125 mg/dL). "This subgroup had a higher rate of coronary events, such as recu

Contact: Carole Bullock
American Heart Association

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. People wounded in tsunami at risk of undetected fungal infections
2. People on food stamps cant afford heart-healthy meals
3. People are of two minds on moral judgments
4. People with low incomes more likely to develop brain tumors
5. People are averse to taking drugs
6. People with chronic eye diseases not getting recommended eye exams
7. People with large pupils can now get LASIK and avoid night vision disturbances
8. People only slightly more likely to die after episodes of stagnant air
9. People with food allergies should not only be careful about what they eat
10. People who give, live longer: U-M study shows
11. People near freeways are exposed to 30 times the concentration of dangerous particles

Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/24/2015)... Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... according to Forbes Magazine. For a business, it is critical that the first impression ... of a business, they are not likely to buy anything or want to return. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Cancer ... knowledge and experiences at a live taping of the next CURE Connections® ... Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers 2015 Symposium at Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... CT (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Aided ... (WCHN) today announced an innovative study designed to yield insights into how to detect ... development of biomarkers for pancreatic cancer from small, non-coding RNA molecules (ncRNA), genetic material ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... exceptional customer service: the TrustDale certification. The award recognizes good companies for excellence ... honing , tile and grout, and hard surface restoration company earned this recognition ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... engineer of patented products, announces Innovative Blending, a household invention that revolutionizes the ... "The Juice & Smoothie Bars market is worth $2 billion," says Scott Cooper, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... Nov. 24, 2015  Ascendant Solutions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: ... Board of Directors has declared a special 1 percent stock ... is payable December 14, 2015, to shareholders of record December ... of additional shares of common stock. ... is a strong endorsement of our confidence in Ascendant,s growth ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. ... Vice President of Clinical Services, Education and Human Resources will ... webinar, "Oral Oncology Drugs: Health Plan Strategies for a Dynamic ... Beckie Fenrick , a consultant with the Cambridge Advisory ... The webinar will discuss the ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , November 24, 2015 st  Scientific ... North America (RSNA) taking place in Chicago ... Booth 1122, Hall A. --> st  Scientific Assembly and ... (RSNA) taking place in Chicago ... Hall A. --> Molecular Dynamics will present its revolutionary ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: