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Medical News & Perspectives
November 16, 2011

Statin Therapy in Primary CVD Prevention Remains a Hot-button Topic for Some

JAMA. 2011;306(19):2077-2078. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1664

Some medical researchers and practitioners continue to question the use of statins to treat abnormal lipid levels in asymptomatic patients for the purpose of preventing cardiovascular disease. That reluctance leaves most cardiology researchers shaking their heads.

The latter cite the many studies showing benefits of statin therapy in the primary prevention setting, such as reduced risk for nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, revascularization, and cardiovascular death. They also suggest, although the evidence is not as robust, that statin therapy in asymptomatic individuals may reduce all-cause mortality risk.