Researchers call for statin use to continue after heart attacks

11/3/2004 | Reuters

A study concluded that inflammation or blood clot formation might rebound in patients having heart attacks when statin therapy is stopped abruptly, leading researchers to recommend the cholesterol-lowering drugs be continued during hospitalization. Researchers found the in-hospital death rate was 12.5% for patients whose therapy was stopped, compared with 4.9% for those who continued taking the statins in the first 24 hours after a heart attack.

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