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Results from the Largest Known Cholesterol Survey Conducted in the U.S. Announced at the American Heart Association's Annual Scientific Sessions
Date:11/5/2012

rer direction on how to address concerns with their doctor."

While doctors write more than 200 million prescriptions for statins each year, adherence to treatment remains a significant issue.4 Previous studies indicate that nearly 75% of new statin users stop therapy by the end of the first year.5 Problems with statin adherence are associated with an increased risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes—including heart attack and death6— and contribute to the rising costs of heart disease; expected to reach $818 billion by 2030.3

"Many patients ignore their doctor's concerns about high cholesterol levels, or fail to take their statin as prescribed," said Dr. Eliot Brinton, spokesman for the National Lipid Association, who also serves as Director of Atherometabolic Research at the Utah Foundation for Biomedical Research. "It is important for doctors and patients to work together as a team to make sure the appropriate treatments—diet, lifestyle and a statin, if needed—are prescribed and followed properly. The USAGE survey results can help educate healthcare providers and the general public about the importance of cholesterol management and will empower patients to take action against this critical health issue."

The USAGE survey explored patient perceptions, attitudes and behaviors about statins, from reasons why patients stopped treatment to education around therapeutic lifestyle changes and the high incidence of potential drug-drug interactions (DDIs).

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