HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Early statin therapy for patients with acute coronary syndromes reduces death, cardiovascular events

Early, intensive therapy with statin medications reduces death and cardiovascular events for patients who have had heart attacks or other acute heart events, according to an analysis of previous studies published in the September 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Statins, commonly taken to lower cholesterol levels, have clearly been shown to benefit patients with cardiovascular disease, according to background information in the article. However, it is less clear whether these drugs provide a short-term benefit when given immediately to patients hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome, the group of heart disorders associated with myocardial ischemia (a lack of blood flow to the heart). In addition to reducing cholesterol, statins may stabilize the amount of plaque build-up in arteries, reduce inflammation, prevent blood clotting, reduce blood pressure and improve the functioning of blood vessels, all of which could improve outcomes for patients with acute coronary syndrome.

Eddie Hulten, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md., analyzed the results of 13 previous clinical trials of early, intensive statin therapy (begun within 14 days of hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome) involving 17,963 adults with acute coronary syndrome. The studies compared intensive (high-dose) statins with low-dose statins, placebo for four months followed by a lower dose of statins, placebo alone or usual care per the treating physicians' discretion. The participants had an average age of 60 and 76 percent were male.

"This systematic review provides evidence that early, intensive therapy with statins is associated with a reduction of adverse cardiovascular outcomes, particularly cardiovascular death, unstable angina and revascularization when prescribed within 14 days of hospitalization f
'"/>

Contact: Walter Reed Army Medical Center public affairs
202-782-7177
JAMA and Archives Journals
25-Sep-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Early-childhood intervention may improve well-being through young adulthood
2. Early-morning Friday classes may prevent students from getting sloppy on thirsty Thursdays
3. Early education for the health care team -- Bringing nursing and medical students together
4. Early onset of poor bone mineralization revealed in children with cystic fibrosis
5. Early sex may lead teens to delinquency, study shows
6. Early switch to an aromatase inhibitor increases survival
7. Early results indicate radiofreqency ablation useful in treating ovarian cancer metastasis
8. Early trial shows H5N1 influenza vaccine safe and effective in humans at low doses
9. Early warning test for Parkinsons receives national recognition
10. Early-onset of diabetes associated with increased risk of kidney disease and death before age 55
11. Early drinking linked to risk for alcohol dependence

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


(Date:11/15/2018)... ... November 15, 2018 , ... Made of Millions, a nonprofit ... exhibit — Seen — to New York this month. The event will feature a ... to create environment that showcases mental health issues in a more experiential way,” said ...
(Date:11/15/2018)... ... 15, 2018 , ... Over the last decade, SABRE , the global ... for National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) . A mission-driven organization and proud partner ... proceeds have helped launch the National Mammography Program which has provided almost ...
(Date:11/15/2018)... Ky. (PRWEB) , ... November 15, 2018 , ... ... Turner have recently invited four more skilled medical professionals to join their ... includes more procedures at its skin clinic, Skin Chic, and is expanding its ...
(Date:11/15/2018)... ... 15, 2018 , ... Mothers and babies across California are ... that puts vital health education resources right at their fingertips. The initiative between ... Plan effective 1/1/19), an affiliate of Blue Shield of California, and the ...
(Date:11/15/2018)... ... ... The National Cancer Institute estimates that 1.7 million new cases of cancer will ... and we typically associate the disease with old age, about 9 percent of cancers ... advanced therapies, increasing numbers of these patients survive their disease and face the consequences ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/15/2018)... ... November 15, 2018 , ... Ric Henry, President and Owner of Pendulum, ... or Consequences, New Mexico on Friday, November 2, 2018. Ric, who opened Sierra as ... of Directors. , Sierra Health Care Center has become known as one of ...
(Date:11/15/2018)... ... 15, 2018 , ... American Bancard, dba TouchSuite announced today ... Canadian markets. TouchSuite will underwrite merchants selling CBD products online or in ... of the risks associated with the industry. CBD accounts will be boarded via ...
(Date:11/15/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... November 15, 2018 , ... Joint ... orthopedic institution in the Midwest, is one of only nine group practice centers in ... Two of the most common surgeries Americans undergo each year—knee and hip replacement—will be ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: