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Mayo Clinic study finds that after heart attack most patients stop taking life-saving drugs
Date:11/5/2007

d with long-term continuation of prescribed medication therapy, he says.

Patients discontinue taking medications too soon for a variety of reasons, including cost, says Veronique Roger, M.D., M.P.H., co-author of the study. More research is crucial to understand and resolve the barriers patients face as they recover from heart attacks she says.

About the Study

In their study, the Mayo researchers evaluated 292 patients, a subset of all the patients who were enrolled in the Olmsted County, Minn., registry of acute heart attacks. This subset also had prescription drug claims data available from another source. The team looked at long-term data (up to 10 years) for patients who had heart attacks and who were discharged from the hospital and taking ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers and statins to help prevent another heart attack.

Results showed that:

  • At six months, smokers were significantly less likely to continue all three heart medications compared to nonsmokers.

  • At six months, 92 percent of the patients taking statins continued treatment, and by three years only 44 percent of the patients continued taking statins.

  • Similarly, the rate of beta-blocker continuation dropped from 89 percent at six months to 47 percent at three years.

  • The rate of ACE inhibitor continuation dropped from 77 percent at six months to 37 percent at three years.


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