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Comment & Response
September 18, 2013

Statin Therapy for Hyperlipidemia—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1JAMA, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2013;310(11):1185-1186. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.276743

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.