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In Reply Dr McEvoy and colleagues state that we failed to mention anything about the unequivocal benefit of statins in secondary prevention settings. In the JAMA Patient Page, we wrote: “ If you have had a heart attack or if you have other types of blockages in your arteries, your doctor will recommend that you lower your bad cholesterol. He or she may also prescribe a statin to help you do so …” and “… most physicians prescribe them [statins] for patients who have had a heart attack.” These statements support the use of statins for secondary prevention.
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