Statins reduce risk of stroke in heart patients

New research suggests that statins can significantly reduce the incidence of stroke, myocardial infarction (MI), or all-cause death in patients with severe carotid arterial disease not revascularized. The study, presented at CHEST 2006, the 72nd annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), showed that statins notably reduced such incidences in these nonrevascularized patients with chronic high cholesterol, as well.

"Statins reduce the LDL, or bad cholesterol and increase HDL, or good cholesterol," said lead author Gautham Ravipati, MD, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. "Our study focuses on statin use in patients with severe, carotid artery disease, and our data favor the use of statins in order to reduce the incidence of stroke, MI, and all-cause mortality in this population."

From January 2001 to December 2005, Dr. Ravipati and his colleagues analyzed the charts of 449 patients (59 percent men) with carotid arterial disease, of which 298 were treated with statins and 151 were not. Patient follow-up occurred within a mean of 26 months for the statin groups and 21 months for the control group. Researchers identified hypercholesterolemia, or high cholesterol, in 100 percent of patients treated with statins and in 96 percent of those treated without. Patients showed no significant differences in age, gender, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, stroke, or MI. However, all patients had experienced a narrowing of one or two carotid arteries, and none of the patients had been revascularized.

Results revealed that the incidence of stroke, MI, or death in patients treated with statins was 15 percent, compared with a significantly higher 68 percent, in patients who were not treated with statins. Researchers also found that statins were effective in both diabetics and in nondiabetics with severe carotid arterial disease.

"Research like this, involving these types of incidences on the

Contact: Jennifer Stawarz
American College of Chest Physicians

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