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Most Heart Attack Patients Are Not Receiving Enough Statins, Study Finds

According to Reuters, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has found that fewer than one third of heart patients being discharged from the hospital are receiving the recommended high-intensity statins. A random sample was taken of Medicare patients aged 65-74 who filled a statin drug prescription after a heart attack or undergoing bypass surgery between 2007 and 2009. Out of 8,000 subjects, only 27 percent of the first prescriptions filled post-discharge were for high dosages of statins. Less than 25 percent of those who were not previously on a statin drug filled a high-intensity statin prescription, and less than 10 percent of those who were on low doses had switched to a high dose.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.