Many Statin Eligible Patients Aren't Getting Them

November 21, 2014 6:48 PM

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Close to one-third of patients eligible for lipid-lowering therapy, as defined by the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cholesterol guidelines, were not taking a statin, and around one in five were receiving potentially unnecessary repeat LDL testing in a study designed to examine the impact of the new guidelines on current cardiovascular clinical practice.

The study is one of two appearing in the latest issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published online Nov. 19, examining the clinical impact of controversial new treatment guidelines for the prevention of heart attack and stroke.

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