Statintherapy in the primary and the secondary prevention of ischaemic cerebrovascular diseases

Fehér, Andrea and Pusch, Gabriella and Koltai, Katalin and Tibold, Antal and Gasztonyi, Beáta and Szapáry, László and Fehér, Gergely (2011) Statintherapy in the primary and the secondary prevention of ischaemic cerebrovascular diseases. International Journal of Cardiology, 148 (2). pp. 131-138. ISSN 0167-5273

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Introduction Stroke is a major public health problem. It is the third leading cause of death worldwide and results in hospital admissions, morbidity, and long-term disability. Despite the inconsistent or weak association between cholesterol and stroke, statins can reduce the incidence of stroke in high-risk populations and in patients with a stroke or transient ischaemic attack. Methods The aim of our study was to review the efficacy of statin therapy in both primary and secondary stroke prevention. We also reviewed the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness among different statins and we also reviewed the possible effect of treatment added to statin monotherapy. Results There is evidence that statin therapy in both primary and secondary prevention significantly reduces subsequent major coronary events but only marginally reduces the risk of stroke recurrence. There is no clear evidence of beneficial effect from statins in those with previous haemorrhagic stroke and it is unclear whether statins should be started immediately post stroke or later. There is a pressing need for direct evidence, from head-to-head trials, to determine whether individual statins provide differing protection from clinically important events in stroke prevention. It is possible that combinations of lipid-lowering agents did not improve clinical outcomes more than high-dose statin monotherapy, although clinical trials are still ongoing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: statin; transient ischaemic attack; stroke; cerebrovascular disease; primary prevention; secondary prevention; Zala Megyei Kórház tudományos közleményei
Subjects: R Medicine / orvostudomány > RC Internal medicine / belgyógyászat
Depositing User: xGabriella xBeke
Date Deposited: 08 May 2014 09:01
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2014 08:31

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