Cholesterol Lowering Statins might reduce the risk of a Repeat Cardiovascular Event

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that there was a reduced risk for a cardiovascular event in people taking cholesterol-lowering statin medications. However, there was no associated reduction in all-cause mortality or stroke occurrence in women. The study results were published in the June 25, 2012 issue of the JAMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine.

Jose Gutierrez, M.D., M.P.H., of Columbia University Medical Center, New York, and colleagues investigated results of 11 clinical trial results; when combined this involved a total of 43,191 participants. The researchers wanted to investigate if statin medications offered better prevention of recurring cardiovascular events compared to a placebo.

The results of their investigation indicated that taking statin medication reduced the return of any kind of cardiovascular event. It also reduced cardiovascular mortality, coronary death, and heart attack (myocardial infarction).

Because women represented only one-fifth of the total studied, the researchers could not find a statistical significance of reduction in stroke and all-causes mortality events compared to the placebo group. The researchers suggest that possibly the limited sample of women did not demonstrate the benefits they were looking for.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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