People who have coronary artery disease, stroke or peripheral artery disease often are prescribed a statin, a cholesterol-lowering drug that reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke.
In a recent publication in JAMA Network Open, Mayo Clinic researchers identify trends in statin use across the U.S. among people with these diseases, as well as among those who already had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Their data indicate that only about 60% of patients are getting the recommended therapy.
“Statins are one of the few key medical advancements in recent decades that contribute to the health of broad populations,” says Xiaoxi Yao, Ph.D., a health sciences researcher at Mayo Clinic and lead author of the study. “High cholesterol is very common, making statins relevant to many patients.”
“Dr. Yao and I were interested in understanding the trends and outcomes related to these medications over the past decade,”