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Tuesday, February 7, 2012


ABC World News (1/30, story 8, 2:15, Sawyer) reported that "for the first time a study proves statins are as effective in preventing heart attacks in women as well as men."

On its website, ABC News (1/31) reports that investigators "reviewed 18 randomized controlled trials that included more than 140,000 patients."
HeartWire (1/31, O'Riordan) reports, "Ten of the studies were secondary-prevention studies, and eight studies were designed as primary-prevention trials, although five of the primary-prevention studies did include a proportion of patients with cardiovascular disease."

HealthDay (1/31, Reinberg) reports that the research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, indicated that "for both males and females," statins "lowered the risk of a heart attack by about 20 percent." In the past, some believed "that statins...benefited women less than men."

MedPage Today (1/31, Neale) reports, however, that in an accompanying editorial, "Lori Mosca, MD, PhD, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, urged caution, noting that the analysis focused on relative risk reduction, had a limited number of primary prevention trials, and had a limited assessment of the costs and risks of statin therapy."

POSTED BY Steven Almany, MD

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