Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Case for Early Statin Therapy After AMI

The Case for Early Statin Therapy After AMI

A Japanese study suggests that initiating standard statin therapy immediately after patients suffer an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appears to decrease long-term mortality and subsequent cardiac events. Among AMI patients, the researchers found that male patients older than 60 and patients with high LDL cholesterol levels (155 mg/dL or greater) appeared to benefit most from early statin therapy. Early statin therapy strongly correlated with a lower risk of cardiovascular death, less recurrence of AMI, and less heart failure. “The hazard ratio for statin therapy was 0.64 throughout the study.” The study was published in the June 1, 2007 American Journal of Cardiology.

An abstract of the study is available at

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