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Improved adherence to certain medications associated with longer survival following heart attack

...rmacological effects of taking medications such as statins and beta-blockers as prescribed following a heart attack is associated with living longer, according to a study in the January 10 issue of JAMA. Clinical trials have demonstrated that selected medications reduce the risk of cardiovascular death. Ho...

Statin users risk heart attacks by dropping treatment or taking low doses

... than half of all patients (31,557) stopped taking statins within two years and only just over a third (20,88...are used properly and persistently. Unfortunately, statins are not being used optimally, so thousands of people are having unnecessary heart attacks. Getting u...

Statins protect smokers from lung damage

...icians (ACCP), current and former smokers who used statins had lower lung function decline than those not usi...oma City, OK. "Our study is the first to show that statins may decrease the decline in lung function in smokers and former smokers, and, therefore, prevent mil...

Drug combo improves survival in patients with COPD

...e improvement was comparable with that produced by statins in cardiovascular mortality. This represents an important step forward in the management of COPD." As part of the TOwards a Revolution in COPD Health (TORCH) study, researchers from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, and the United States inves...

Statins reduce risk of stroke in heart patients

New research suggests that statins can significantly reduce the incidence of stroke, ...an College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), showed that statins notably reduced such incidences in these nonrevascularized patients with chronic high cholesterol, a...

How low should we go? Researchers find no clear evidence for ultra-low cholesterol targets

...e heart disease risk factors on medications called statins -- regardless of their cholesterol levels. Statins...ar if lowering cholesterol is the main reason that statins prevent heart attacks and save lives. A focus on statin therapy may provide more public benefit than...

Early statin therapy for patients with acute coronary syndromes reduces death, cardiovascular events

... the heart). In addition to reducing cholesterol, statins may stabilize the amount of plaque build-up in art...drome. 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...

Patients can report statins' adverse effects on new web site

... and cholesterol are familiar with the benefits of statins and other cholesterol drugs, but are unfamiliar wi...geared toward expanding knowledge of the impact of statins in order to better inform the public and the medical community. By filling out the web site survey,...

ACTOS (pioglitazone HCl) demonstrates significant improvements in cardiovascular outcomes

... as aspirin, and lipid-modifying medicines such as statins and fibrates). This study focused on two key endpoints: a primary combination endpoint of seven different macrovascular events including both disease and procedural endpoints; and a principal secondary combination endpoint of death, heart attack an...

UC Davis researchers find added benefit of statins in those at high risk for heart disease, diabetes

...O, Calif.) -- UC Davis researchers have shown that statins not only improve cholesterol levels, but also dram...ance, they decided to look at the direct effect of statins on inflammation in these patients. The UC Davis team conducted a double-blind, randomized, placebo...

More aggressive treatment warranted in patients with metabolic syndrome

More aggressive treatment with statins is necessary to lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein... have a much higher risk. By focusing aggressive statins therapy (80mg a day instead of 10mg a day) on patients with metabolic syndrome or diabetes in a popu...

Popular statin reduces recurrent stroke risk

...other drugs within the class of medications called statins could reduce risk of stroke in patients who have a history of coronary disease. Coronary heart disease is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood to the heart, usually due to a build-up of cholesterol. It is a leading cause of death ...

Diabetes confers health risk equivalent to ageing 15 years

...ort to the use of cardioprotective agents, such as statins and aspirin, in patients with diabetes. However, the age at which to start such treatment has been unclear. To investigate, Gillian Booth (Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and colleagues assessed the age at whi...

Statin use associated with reduced risk of common type of cataract

The use of statins is linked with a lower incidence of nuclear catara...aract, the authors suggest that clinical trials of statins used for lipid lowering should assess nuclear cataract. In addition, they state "further study of th...

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may be useful in an influenza pandemic

... proposes that cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins could be helpful, and would be more readily availa... anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects of statins might also help people with influenza, suggests David Fedson, MD, a retired former director of medic...

NHS could save 2bn by using generic cholesterol drugs

...ns have increased by 30% every year in England and statins represent the largest part of the NHS drug bill (7...ion (14% of the adult population) should be taking statins and this will cost an extra 250m per year. If generic simvastatin was universally prescribed for the...

Concern over 'aggressive' cholesterol recommendations

.... But clinical trials suggest that higher doses of statins do not lower overall mortality and side effects are generally under-reported. The authors conclude that any reduction in non-fatal events may be outweighed by more numerous and more severe adverse effects....

ESC releases updated Guidelines for the Management of Stable Angina Pectoris

...is of coronary artery disease including the use of statins and ACE inhibitors, as well as strategies to alleviate symptoms. The Guidelines also provide updated information in the area of risk stratification and define which patients should go on for invasive investigation and treatment. "Stable angina pecto...

International study launched testing new drug combination to cut cardiovascular disease

...ded in people at risk of vascular disease by using statins to lower LDL cholesterol. The new study called HPS2-THRIVE (Treatment of HDL to Reduce the Incidence of Vascular Events) will be funded through a 42million grant to Oxford University by the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc. (Whitehouse Stati...

Exploring the potential of cholesterol-lowering drugs for patients with systemic sclerosis

...This study's ultimate goal was to evaluate whether statins work to treat SSc by increasing patient's producti...s are necessary to confirm the clinical benefit of statins in SSc patients."...

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