Statin boost to survival rate of stroke patients

September 23, 2014 2:46 PM

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Statin boost to survival rate of stroke patients

The use of statin for stroke patients in hospital boost their survival chances. — file pic NEW YORK, Sept 23 — Cholesterol-lowering statins such as Pfizer Inc’s Lipitor helped boost survival in patients who had a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain, a study from Kaiser Permanente showed.

Hemorrhagic stroke patients given a statin while in the hospital had about double the chance of survival compared to those not given the drugs, according to research today in the journal JAMA Neurology. Those already taking the drugs and who stayed on them in the hospital were three times more likel...

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