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Many not receiving statins after lower-extremity revascularization


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JAMA Network Open
Reuters Health - 07/12/2021 - More than two-thirds of patients who were not already taking a statin prior to lower-extremity revascularization were not given the cholesterol-lowering medications after the procedure, a new U.S. study shows. An analysis of data from more than 125,000 patients who received lower-extremity (LE) revascularization between 2014 and 2019 revealed that while rates of statin prescription at discharge improved overall, just 30% of those who did not have a prescription prior to the procedure were discharged with a new prescription, researchers report in JAMA Network Open. "The take-home message is a simple one," said Dr. Parveen Garg of the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, who worked on the study. "It is well-established that the use of statins for symptomatic peripheral-artery disease reduces cardiovascular morbidity and mortality," he told Reuters Health by email. "Despite improvements in statin use for patients follo...


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