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It is never too late to start statins for clogged leg arteries
Statins are linked with reduced mortality in patients with peripheral arterial disease, even when started late after diagnosis, reports a study presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (2019-09-03)
It takes a community to lower cardiovascular risk
People in 16 communities received usual care and those in 14 communities had an intervention that included the initiation and monitoring of treatments and controlling risk factors by non-physician health workers using computer tablet-based management algorithms and counselling; the provision of free antihypertensive and statin medicines recommended by non-physician health workers under supervision of physicians, and the involvement of a friend or family member to support adherence to medications and lifestyle advice. (2019-09-02)
European guidelines on lipid control advocate 'lower is better' for cholesterol levels
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels should be lowered as much as possible to prevent cardiovascular disease, especially in high and very high risk patients. (2019-08-31)
Scientists identify potential cause of statin-related muscle pain
An international team of BHF-funded researchers may have discovered why some people experience muscle pain after taking statins and have shown that moderate exercise may be a good way for people taking statins to avoid these symptoms. (2019-08-26)
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease for healthy 75-year-olds who stop taking statins
A nationwide study of 120,173 people in France, who were aged 75 between 2012 and 2014 and had been taking statins continuously for two years, has found those who stopped taking their statins had a 33% increased risk of being admitted to hospital with heart or blood vessel problems during an average follow-up period of 2.4 years. (2019-07-30)
Cholesterol-lowering drugs under-prescribed for prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Statins, the most commonly used effective lipid-lowering drugs, are significantly underutilized to treat lipid abnormalities in patients with and at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), according to a retrospective study of more than 280,000 patients in Alberta, Canada. (2019-07-15)
Heart attack patients with diabetes may benefit from cholesterol-lowering injections
Regular injections of a cholesterol-cutting drug could reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with diabetes and who have had a recent heart attack. (2019-07-01)
Statin use reduces mortality and stroke risk in dementia patients, new study shows
The study, which analyzed 44,920 Swedish dementia patients from the Swedish Dementia Registry between 2008-2015, found users of statins had a 22% lower risk of all-cause death compared to matched non-users. (2019-06-30)
Long-term statin use associated with lower glaucoma risk
A new study brings the connection between statin use and risk of glaucoma into sharper focus. (2019-06-26)
Cholesterol medication could invite diabetes, study suggests
A study of thousands of patients' health records found that those who were prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins had at least double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. (2019-06-25)
Artificial intelligence improves heart attack risk assessment
When used with a common heart scan, machine learning (ML), a type of artificial intelligence, does better than conventional risk models at predicting heart attacks and other cardiac events, according to a new study. (2019-06-25)
Statin therapy reduced the risk of stroke and possibly other cardiovascular complications in cancer patients following radiation
Cancer patients who took statin medication had a 32% reduction in stroke following radiation therapy to the chest, head or neck. (2019-06-19)
Lowering cholesterol is not enough to reduce hyperactivity of the immune system
Despite treatment with statins, many patients with elevated cholesterol levels will still develop cardiovascular disease. (2019-06-13)
The surprising role fibrinogen plays in regulating the body's response to disease
A finding from University of Alberta researchers is shining new light on the role fibrinogen has in regulating a natural defence mechanism in the body. (2019-06-11)
Early statin treatment may help children with Fragile X
Children with an inherited form of intellectual disability and autism could be helped by a medicine commonly used to lower cholesterol, if used early in life, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests. (2019-05-29)
Long-term health effects of armed conflict could last years after bombs stop falling
Living in a warzone is linked with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke among civilians, even years after the conflict ends, a study has found. (2019-05-28)
Life-threatening genetic cholesterol condition could be found through blood donations
Blood donation programs represent a unique opportunity as a public health portal to screen for diseases. (2019-05-22)
Statins' potential to treat MS unrelated to lowering cholesterol
The widely prescribed statin, simvastatin, can medically help patients with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS) -- for reasons that might be unrelated to the drug's intended cholesterol lowering affects, a UCL study has found. (2019-05-10)
Statins linked to lower risk of early death in patients with colorectal cancer
Use of statins before or after a diagnosis of colorectal cancer was linked with a lower risk of premature death, both from cancer and from other causes, in a Cancer Medicine analysis of published studies. (2019-05-09)
Study shows one third of statin patients don't reach healthy levels of 'bad' cholesterol
Using electronic health records from the Indiana Network for Patient Care, a new population health study of entire state found that one third of statin patients don't reach healthy levels of 'bad' cholesterol. (2019-05-09)
Study looks at association of high cholesterol levels, statin use with glaucoma risk
A study of adults 40 and older suggests high cholesterol levels are associated with increased risk for the most common form of glaucoma, while longer use of a cholesterol-lowering statin, compared with never using, was associated with lower risk. (2019-05-02)
People with heart disease at risk when pharmacies close
New research shows that when pharmacies close, people stop taking widely used heart medications -- like statins, beta-blockers and oral anticoagulants -- that have known cardiovascular and survival benefits. (2019-04-19)
Pharmacy closures associated with declines in cardiovascular medication adherence
How pharmacy closures are associated with declines in cardiovascular medication adherence for statins, β-blockers and oral anticoagulants among adults 50 or older was the focus of this analysis of prescription claims. (2019-04-19)
Late dinner and no breakfast is a killer combination
People who skip breakfast and eat dinner near bedtime have worse outcomes after a heart attack. (2019-04-18)
Statins safe for preventing cardiovascular events in rheumatoid arthritis patients
Results from a large clinical trial indicate that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are likely to experience the same level of cardiovascular benefits from statins as other individuals, without additional risks. (2019-04-15)
The screen interval for high cardiovascular disease risk should be individual
According to a study published today by a Finnish-English research group, a switch from 5-yearly screen intervals to individualized intervals could annually prevent 8 percent of myocardial infarcts and strokes without increasing health care costs. (2019-04-03)
Patients say lack of physician guidance and fear of side effects are why they don't take statins as prescribed
Despite national guidelines indicating that statins can lower risk of heart attack and stroke, many patients who could benefit do not take them. (2019-03-27)
Study explaining side effects of statins finds drug can have unexpected benefits
By suppressing the activity of key cellular receptors called G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and their interacting partners called G proteins, statins have the potential to alter various bodily functions controlled by this important pathway, according to researchers at The University of Toledo. (2019-03-19)
Icosapent ethyl drug reduces risk of recurrent cardiovascular events
Further insights from the REDUCE-IT trial show that high-dose, pure and stable EPA omega 3 drug not only reduces the burden of first cardiovascular events but also subsequent and total heart attacks, strokes, and other measures. (2019-03-18)
Statin add-on may offer new/another option for reducing LDL-C in high-risk patients
Patients at high risk for a heart attack or stroke who took an investigational drug in addition to a statin had significantly lower LDL, or 'bad' cholesterol, after 12 weeks compared to similar patients who took a placebo in addition to statin therapy, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-18)
Taking statins for heart disease cuts risk in half, yet only 6 percent of patients taking as directed
Study finds that taking statins for heart disease cuts risk of second serious event in half, yet only 6 percent of patients are following as directed. (2019-03-16)
Cholesterol-lowering drugs guard against brain haemorrhages
The drugs statins, which are used to prevent cardiovascular diseases, also guard against brain haemorrhages. (2019-03-14)
New cholesterol-lowering drug could help patients unable to take statins
A new class of oral cholesterol-lowering drug could help patients unable to take statins due to side effects. (2019-03-13)
Heart attacks increasingly common in young adults
Even though fewer heart attacks are occurring in the US -- in large part due to the use of medications like statins and a decline in smoking -- these events are steadily rising in very young adults. (2019-03-07)
Statins linked to higher diabetes risk
Individuals who take cholesterol-lowering statins may be at higher risk for developing high blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and eventually type 2 diabetes, according to an analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. (2019-03-06)
CT scans offer clues to preventing heart problems after cancer treatment
An imaging procedure commonly performed before starting cancer treatment can provide valuable clues about a patient's risk for heart problems in the months and years after treatment. (2019-03-06)
Professor Mary Schooling analyzes the relationship between testosterone and serious heart conditions
To explore whether there is a strong association between testosterone and the development of heart disease, CUNY SPH Professor Mary Schooling led a study using a technique called Mendelian randomization to analyze genetic variants that predict testosterone levels and their associations with blood clots, heart failure and heart attack in almost 400,000 men and women from a large genetic study and the UK Biobank study. (2019-03-06)
10 percent of Chinese adults have high heart disease risk, aren't treated for it
Researchers at Yale and at the National Center for Cardiovascular Disease in China just quantified a significant opportunity to improve Chinese heart health: 1 in 10 middle-aged Chinese adults are at high risk for heart disease, yet only about 3 percent of those at-risk are taking either statins or aspirin, the recommended therapies for managing that risk. (2019-02-21)
Study finds low statin use among some high-risk kidney disease patients
Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in kidney disease patients who are not on dialysis. (2019-02-18)
The Lancet: Statin therapy reduces risk of major cardiovascular events irrespective of age
Statin therapy reduces major vascular events, and a new meta-analysis shows this is the case even in patients over 75 years of age. (2019-01-31)
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