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Many high-risk patients discontinue statin therapy, study finds

Researchers evaluated data from the REGARDS study involving 7,216 participants and found that among those who discontinued statin therapy, 25.4% with diabetes but without cardiovascular disease, 31.8% with a 10-year CVD risk less than 7.5%, 27.6% with a CVD history and 34.8% at high risk for CVD said they discontinued statins because they didn't think they were needed. The findings, presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting, revealed that more than half of the patients from each group did not want to reinitiate treatment.

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