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Statins May Be Stopped As Patient Nears End of Life

A post in NPR’s Shots blog reports a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine which found that patients approaching the end of life who stopped taking statins were no more likely to have a heart attack than those who kept with the treatment. More than three hundred study subjects were taken off their statin pills, and researchers found that doing so did not hasten death and made patients feel better and happier about taking fewer medications. The study’s lead author suggests offering the option of stopping the medication to patients in order to make this a shared decision-making process as some patients may be more enthusiastic about stopping medication than others.

Read the post published in the NPR Shots blog.

Read the study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.