Statins Can Benefit All Angioplasty Patients

DECEMBER 01, 2004

The results of a study, reported in Heart (October 2004), suggested that any patients who undergo angioplasty should receive statin drugs. The findings showed that statin drugs are equally beneficial for patients with stable angina or unstable angina. Whereas earlier studies had suggested a benefit of statin therapy for patients with stable angina, studies had not examined statin treatment for patients with unstable angina.

For the present study, the researchers examined data from 1658 patients who had participated in a previous study and were classified as having stable or unstable angina. The participants were randomly assigned to receive the statin fluvastatin or a placebo after having angioplasty, and they were followed for 4 years. The fluvastatin-treated patients with both types of angina experienced similar reductions in cholesterol levels. The statin also lowered the risk of adverse heart events in both groups to a similar degree.



SHARE THIS SHARE THIS
0
 

In Seniors: Consider CMV Serostatus
When Recommending Flu Vaccine

Older people who have cytomegalovirus seem to have less robust responses to the trivalent influenza vaccine than those who do not have CMV.


 

 

Conference Coverage
News from the year's biggest meetings


Pharmacist Education
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs


 

SIGN UP FOR THE PHARMACY TIMES NEWSLETTER
Personalize the information you receive by selecting targeted content and special offers.