Statins lower the amount of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol) and have been shown to lower the risk of heart attack and strokes. Because statins are proven effective and have a low risk of side effects, guidelines from the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology recommend doctors use an atherosclerotic and cardiovascular disease risk calculator to give a detailed assessment of a person's 10-year risk for heart disease and to help create a personalized plan.
"We need to focus our efforts on improving how doctors identify patients who need to be on a statin, and how they present information to patients to ensure that no one is missing the opportunity to improve their heart health," said Corey Bradley, M.D., lead author of the study and a researcher at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina.
Patients - Statins - Drugs - Researchers - Adults
To find out whether eligible patients use statins, and why they sometimes decline or discontinue the drugs, researchers surveyed 5,693 adults (average age 68) who participated in a registry for those receiving medical care at a cardiology, primary care, or endocrinology practice.
Percent - Statins - Percent
Of the 1,511 (26.5 percent) who were not currently taking statins, 59.2 percent reported that they had never been offered them.
Patients were more likely to report never being offered a statin if they were female (22 percent higher than others), black (48 percent higher...
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