Analysis: Statin use may lower heart attack, stroke risk

08/29/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

A meta-analysis of trial data found elderly patients free of cardiovascular disease who used statin drugs had a 40% lower risk of heart attack and a 24% lower risk of stroke compared with those not on the cholesterol-lowering medications, Italian researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The use of statin medication was not linked to lower mortality, however, researchers said.

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