Statins for Heart Disease: Too Many Patients Say No

According to a new Harvard study published on February 28 in Open JAMA Network.

The findings highlight the disturbing number of people who refuse statins and suggest doctors need to have more conversations with patients about why, says study co-author Alex Turchin, MD, associate professor at the Harvard Medical School in Boston and the Director of Quality in Brigham’s Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension.

“Given that cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and stroke together are the number one killer in the United States and globally, this is something that could have major implications,” he says. Nearly 700,000 Americans died of heart disease in 2020, or 1 in 5 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Women were more likely to refuse statin treatment

After noticing that many of his patients with one or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease were not following his recommendation to take a statin, Dr. Turchin decided to design a study to see if this was a trend. in the whole population.

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