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Decreasing use of preventive medication a few years after CABG

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Dr Erik Bjoerklund, Gothenburg, Sweden
ESC 2019
Data from a large Swedish registry showed that although patients who have had coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) display a high use of preventive medications just after their operation, their use significantly declines over time. The SWEDEHEART registry analysis included 28,812 patients who underwent isolated first-time CABG in Sweden between 2006 and 2015 and who were alive 6 months after they had been discharged. The median follow-up duration was 5 years. Six months after discharge, 93.9% of patients took statins, 91.0% took beta-blockers, 72.9% took renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors and 93% took platelet inhibitors. When the data on dispensation of these drugs were assessed 8 years later, it emerged that patients took considerably less: 77.3% for statins, 76.4% for beta-blockers, 65.9% for RAAS inhibitors, and 79.8% for platelet inhibitors. Presenting the results, Dr Erik Bjoerklund (Gothenburg, Sweden) commented that he thought...

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