Navigation Links
Too Many Stroke Patients Go Without Statins
Date:5/27/2010

Nearly 1 in 5 survivors risks another attack when doctors fail to prescribe the meds, study shows

THURSDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Despite an increased likelihood that American stroke patients will be prescribed potentially life-saving statin medications when released from the hospital, more than 16 percent are still being discharged without such prescriptions in hand, a large new study reveals.

This means nearly one in five stroke patients are being unnecessarily exposed to the risk of another stroke, researchers found, despite evidence that patients who take a statin (such as Crestor, Lipitor or Zocor) reduce their chances of having a second attack.

"Approximately one in 10 stroke patients experience another stroke within a week," study lead author Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, an associate professor of neurology and director at the UCLA Stroke Prevention Program, UCLA Stroke Center and Department of Neurology, noted in a news release "The hospital encounter provides a window of opportunity to ensure prompt and appropriate initiation of treatments, such as statins, that could prevent another stroke."

The current snapshot of statin prescription patterns is based on 2005 to 2007 data concerning more than 173,000 stroke patients who were hospitalized across the United States.

The authors found that the number of patients being prescribed statin medications did increase during the study period, rising from just under 76 percent to nearly 85 percent.

However, Ovbiagele lamented that a significant portion are not getting the medicines they need and therefore face unnecessary risk of a recurring stroke. He also noted that some types of patients as well as those in certain locations were much less likely to be prescribed the drug than others.

"For instance, women had 13 percent lower odds of receiving a statin compared to men," he wrote, "while hospitals in the South had 34 percent lower odds of discharging a stroke patient on a statin compared to hospitals in the West."

Ovbiagele and his team report their findings May 27 online in the current issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

More information

For more on stroke treatment, visit the American Heart Association.



-- Alan Mozes



SOURCE: Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, May 27, 2010, news release.


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Landmark Clinical Trial Shows Surgery and Stenting Equally Safe and Effective at Preventing Stroke
2. Surgery, Stenting Fare Equally Well in Preventing Stroke
3. Killed by cold: Heart and stroke deaths peak in winter
4. Stroke Incidence Down, But Not for Blacks
5. Early Treatment With Clot-Busting Drug Best After Stroke
6. Too Many Wouldnt Call 911 If Stroke Hit
7. Women Often Miss Signs of Stroke
8. Fluctuating Blood Pressure Ups Stroke Risk
9. COPD Flare-Up May Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
10. Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
11. Chiropractic Stroke Website Launched To Aid Victims of Chiropractor Malpractice
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... , ... The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) has declared May 10, ... patients and their families, and their overall contribution to the health care system. It ... has sent “Thank You Chaplain” cards with hand-painted artwork to about 10,000 chaplains and ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... All-Star Insurance of ... assist the people of their local community. The agency pledges to select a ... Their hope is to bring awareness to important local causes with fundraising and ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Momsense, ... nursing mothers. The company’s patented technology, The Smart Breastfeeding Meter, is designed to ... that the technology is now available for purchase at Target.com . ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Pharmacy ... announced that it was chosen as the Pharmaceutical News Provider of the Year ... awards acknowledge the hard work and dedication of community members who strive to ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... and elbows. Engineered with athletes in mind, OMNIFORCE offers high-performance, less bulk, ... circular knitting, common in the industry) produces premium flat-knit construction with “focused ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... 2016 Research and ... Acute Myeloid Leukemia Market and Competitive Landscape ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ... and Competitive Landscape Highlights 2016, provides comprehensive ... Acute Myeloid Leukemia epidemiology, Acute Myeloid Leukemia ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ... Market Outlook 2020" report to their offering. ... technology has improved significantly in past years due to ... coming years. Many cancer drugs have been developed by ... also expected to be developed with its help. They ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016  While you may be familiar with watching a film or TV show in ... ultra-high-definition or 8MP in the Medical Industry.  Ampronix  is a renowned authorized reseller of the ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160502/362730 ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: