HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Are higher doses of cholesterol drugs worth the extra money? Only sometimes, study says

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- When it comes to cholesterol-lowering drugs, more is better. At least, thats what heart doctors and heart patients have been hearing in recent years. And as a result, more patients are taking higher doses of drugs called statins leading to lower heart and stroke risk, but higher prescription drug costs and more frequent side effects.

Now, a new study looks at whether those higher doses, and higher costs, are really going to pay off for some patients. For those with a recent heart attack or what doctors call acute coronary syndrome, the answer is yes, the researchers say.

But the picture is less clear for those patients with known heart blockages who have stable symptoms. For them, the usual dose of their statin may provide adequate heart-protecting benefit, and the higher cost of high-dose statins may provide only marginal benefit at much greater cost, especially if they use generic statins.

The study, from a team at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, is published online in the journal Circulation, and will be in the May 8 print issue of the journal. Its based on a sophisticated computer analysis of data from thousands of patients.

The team finds that patients with a recent history of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) either a heart attack or hospital stay for chest pain get so much benefit from higher doses of statins (over four additional quality-adjusted months of life) that the extra cost of the increased dose is worthwhile, even if the difference is a few dollars a day.

But for patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD), whose arteries have been narrowed by plaque but who havent had a recent heart attack or hospitalization for chest pain, the much smaller gain (about 5 weeks of quality-adjusted life) from a higher dose of a statin may not be sufficient to outweigh the extra cost.

The researchers also point out that
'"/>

Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
23-Apr-2007


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related medicine news :

1. Women with migraines and visual symptoms may have higher stroke risk
2. Study explains why patients with OSA are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease
3. Tiny newborns face higher risk of death at community hospitals, Stanford/VA study finds
4. Persistent smokers may have higher risk to become depressed than never smokers
5. Veterans exposed to Agent Orange have higher rates of prostate cancer recurrence
6. Exposure to mercury preservatives before birth is no higher in children with autism
7. Post-traumatic stress disorder 10 times higher in New Orleans than in the general public
8. Uveal melanoma patients at higher risk for colon cancer
9. Girls born with HIV infection at higher risk for cervical problems
10. Detection of melanoma by dermatologists linked with earlier tumor stage, higher survival rates
11. Adoption of health information technology will lead to higher standard of quality care

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las ... headquartered in Northern California, has issued an important reminder to employers to prevent ... Employers with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... ... "FCPX editors can now reveal their media with growing colorful split screen ... - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Color brings the split screens ... reveal the media of their split screens with growing colorful panels. , ProSlice Color ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... health professionals, announced today its affiliation with Tennessee Counseling Association. This ... the network of the Tennessee Counseling Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional offers. ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... today announced its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry leader providing ... companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals and ambulatory ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... edge technology to revolutionize the emergency ambulance transport experience for the millions of ... of how Uber has disrupted the taxi industry through the use of technology. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... One of Australia,s successful biotechnology scientists, Dr ... biotechnology company, Noxopharm Limited [ABN 50 608 966 123] ("Noxopharm"). Noxopharm ... on the ASX. Noxopharm is a clinic-ready company with ... 1 clinical study later this year. ... problems facing cancer patients - the ability of cancers to become ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... DUBLIN , June 27, 2016 Jazz ... the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act ... proposed acquisition of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: ... 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). As previously ... entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Jazz ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... June 27, 2016  VMS Rehab Systems, Inc. ( ... take whatever measures required to build a strong and ... is currently listed on the OTC Markets-pink current trading ... and CEO, "We are seeing an anomaly in market ... not only by the Company, but shareholders and market ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: