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Quitting statins after a stroke raises risk of a second attack within a year – but data reveal less than HALF of stroke victims are prescribed the cholesterol-lowering pills – Daily Mail

Saturday, 5 August, 2017

Quitting statins after a stroke raises risk of a second attack within a year – but data reveal less than HALF of stroke victims are prescribed the cholesterol-lowering pills – Daily Mail

Patients who stop taking statins after suffering a stroke are at greater risk of suffering another one within a year, according to new research.

Researchers also found that discontinuing statins, which lower cholesterol, between three and six months after a first ischemic stroke was linked to higher risk of death and hospitalization among the patients in the study.

But another new study reveals less than half of American stroke victims receive a prescription for the cholesterol-lowering drugs.

The papers, published today by the American Heart Association, lay bare a worrying trend that could be hampering efforts to curb strokes, the fifth-biggest killer in the US.

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4754410/Quitting-statins-raises-risk-second-stroke.html

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