Discontinuing statins after stroke may boost second-stroke risk: Study

Discontinuing statins after stroke may boost second-stroke risk: Study

Heart disease patients should not stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs soon after a stroke as it may boost the risk of a second stroke, according to a new study.

A team of researchers in Thailand found in the new study that patients who stopped taking statins within 3-6 months following a stroke were 42 per cent more likely to suffer a second stroke within a year as compared with those who kept taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Chang Gung University College of Medicine’s Dr. Meng Lee said, “These findings suggest that providers and atherosclerotic stroke patients should not discontinue statin therapy unless there is a highly compelling reason for doing so.”

Data used by the researchers for the new study was collected by the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database from 2001 to 2012.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), as many as 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year, and nearly 610,000 of them suffer a stroke for the first time.

The researchers reported their findings in the most recent edition of the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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