HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Statins underprescribed to patients at higher risk of heart disease, Stanford study says

STANFORD, Calif. - The use of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins to reduce the risk of heart disease has exploded in recent years, but a new Stanford University School of Medicine study shows that doctors are prescribing them in only half of their visits with patients who would benefit most from them.

Based on the findings, the researchers say physicians should be more aggressive in investigating statin therapy for patients with a high or moderate risk of heart disease, and that patients should ask to have their cholesterol levels checked regularly.

The findings, published in the May 31 issue of the Public Library of Science-Medicine, come at a time when many Americans are still reeling from recent reports that some prescription drugs, including the painkiller Vioxx and postmenopausal hormone therapy, were overprescribed to patients who had little to gain from them.

"You have to look at drug therapy on a case-by-case basis. We have many situations where drugs are misused or overused," said lead author Jun Ma, MD, PhD, research associate at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. "In this particular case, although we did observe some inappropriate use of statins in low-risk patients, the predominant problem appears to be underuse in higher risk patients."

Since their introduction 17 years ago, statins have become the most prescribed class of drugs in the United States, with more than 126 million prescriptions filled in 2004. Statins reduce the level of cholesterol produced by the liver while boosting the liver's ability to remove LDL cholesterol, the so-called "bad" cholesterol, from the blood. High LDL cholesterol levels increase the risk for heart disease. Each year, more than half a million people die from heart disease, making it the No. 1 killer among both men and women.

Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and senior author of the st
'"/>

Contact: Susan Ipaktchian
susani@stanford.edu
650-725-5375
Stanford University Medical Center
30-May-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Statins linked to lower risk of infection
2. Statins protect smokers from lung damage
3. Statins reduce risk of stroke in heart patients
4. Statins prove life-saving in patients with acute coronary syndromes
5. Statins may improve circulation in the retina
6. Statins, beta-blockers lessen heart attack risk, says Stanford-Kaiser study
7. Statins have neutral effect on risk of cancer
8. Statins may simulate stem cells for heart repair
9. Statins reduce the risk of stroke and death after carotid artery surgery
10. Statins use associated with lower risk of fractures
11. Statins protect from death from pneumonia

Post Your Comments:
(Date:2/28/2015)... March—also known as National Brain Injury ... and others that suspected head injuries, especially concussions, ... , Concussions are a form of traumatic brain ... There are 1.6-3.8 million sports-related concussions per year. ... is a brain injury. Many athletes suffer knee ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... February 28, 2015 For those people ... person, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso ... Tuesday, March 3, starting at 9:30 AM. , The ... registration. The broadcast can be accessed through any browser ... . , The Symposium is a unique event that ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... February 28, 2015 India Network ... sponsored visitor health insurance programs for visitors coming to ... Indian elderly parents traveling to the United States are ... diabetes and blood pressure. These diseases are so common ... list them as medical conditions. There were 66.8 million ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... February 28, 2015 The noted Friedman ... that they have officially relaunched their website. The new ... but it contains a new section about their team ... read the full biographies of each Friedman Dental Group ... the website was designed to provide our patients with ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... 2015 Plugin creators from Pixel Film ... A fully customizable transition pack made specifically ... gives users total control over 30 transition presets built ... Pixel Film Studios. “TransFold Volume 2 gives endless possibilities ... Volume 2 from Pixel Film Studios brings back folding ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) Focus on National Brain Injury Awareness Month to Educate the General Public on Head Trauma 2Health News:Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) Focus on National Brain Injury Awareness Month to Educate the General Public on Head Trauma 3Health News:Mesothelioma Cancer Research Foundation Broadcasting Symposium Live 2Health News:India Network Announces Pre-existing Condition Health Insurance Coverage for Diabetic Visitors of All Ages Traveling to the United States 2Health News:India Network Announces Pre-existing Condition Health Insurance Coverage for Diabetic Visitors of All Ages Traveling to the United States 3Health News:Friedman Dental Group Announces Their Updated Website 2Health News:Announcing a New TransFold Transition Pack from Pixel Film Studios for Final Cut Pro X Professionals 2
(Date:2/27/2015)... JERUSALEM , Feb. 27, 2015  Chiasma, Inc., ... lead product for the orphan condition acromegaly, today announced ... round. Participants in the financing included new investors Rock ... chip public investment fund, as well as existing investors ... and ARCH Venture Partners. Chiasma intends ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... , Feb. 26, 2015  Tandem Diabetes Care®, ... company and manufacturer of the t:slim® and t:flex™ Insulin ... offering of 5,250,000 shares of its common stock at ... The net proceeds to Tandem from this offering are ... and commissions and other estimated offering expenses payable by ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... BEND, Ind. , Feb. 26, 2015  Mobility ... announce an agreement with Bank of America (NYSE: ... consumers nationwide to receive financing of the revolutionary MV-1 ... vehicle, designed from the ground up to provide safe ... Approved applicants can use their loan to purchase a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Chiasma Announces Completion of $70 Million Series E Financing 2Chiasma Announces Completion of $70 Million Series E Financing 3Tandem Diabetes Care Announces Pricing of Underwritten Public Offering of Common Stock 2Tandem Diabetes Care Announces Pricing of Underwritten Public Offering of Common Stock 3Mobility Ventures and Bank of America Announce New Agreement to Simplify Retail Consumer Financing for MV-1 Universally Accessible Vehicle 2Mobility Ventures and Bank of America Announce New Agreement to Simplify Retail Consumer Financing for MV-1 Universally Accessible Vehicle 3
Cached News: