Statins - more good news
People with very low levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol who suffer a heart attack or other severe acute cardiac event may benefit from initiating a statin right after the event, a study shows.
Patients hospitalized for an acute cardiac event who had very low LDL cholesterol levels were much less likely to die or experience a second heart attack or stroke at six months, if started on a statin, compared to those patients who were not discharged on statin therapy.
Mean LDL levels on admission to the hospital were 63 milligrams per deciliter -- well below the current treatment goal of less than 70 milligrams per deciliter in high-risk patients.
The findings suggest that patients who present with severe acute heart disease and very low LDL cholesterol "may still derive benefit from statin therapy," the researchers conclude.
Non-lipid effects of statins have been studied for some time. What are the benefits?
Categories: Medication, Cholesterol