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STATINS IN WOMEN

ANCHOR LEAD:  TOO FEW WOMEN ARE RECEIVING STATIN MEDICATIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Statin drugs are largely a success story in reducing one’s risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks or strokes.  But there are some populations in whom they may be underutilized, including women.  Erin Michos, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, says that’s one conclusion from a recent subanalysis from the JUPITER trial, a very large study looking at statin use in people with elevated C-reactive protein levels.

MICHOS:  I think C-reactive protein may be useful for those who don’t meet the criteria, so older women, who may not have any of these other vascular risk factors, or perhaps they have a family history, where the decision to treat is unclear because they don’t have high cholesterol, but maybe they have a strong family history.  In fact in this Jupiter subanalysis women who had a family history of heart disease seemed to benefit a little bit more with statin treatment using the Jupiter strategy than women without a family history.    :27

So women should have a thorough discussion about statin use with their doctor.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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