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Early statin therapy in acute coronary syndromes.
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PMID:  14551525     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients who survive an acute coronary syndrome are at much higher risk of a recurrent event within the following year than patients with stable coronary syndromes. Risk factor modification, including statin therapy, lowers the risk of recurrent events over many years, but also to reduces the high risk of an another event within the weeks to months following the initial acute coronary syndrome. The mechanisms that contribute to this benefit are likely related to improvements in endothelial function, a decrease in vascular inflammation, and reduced prothrombotic factors. The effects of statins may be mediated by cholesterol reduction, cholesterol-independent effects (particularly by decreasing isoprenoids), and mechanisms that are independent of inhibiting HMG CoA reductase. Observational studies show an early reduction in mortality with statin therapy started before discharge from hospital after an acute coronary syndrome. Several randomized controlled trials also support a rapid reduction in the risk of recurrent events after starting statins during the hospital admission for an acute coronary syndrome. Early statin therapy is also related to improved compliance and use of statins several years after a coronary event. Thus early statin therapy may improve both early and long-term secondary prevention efforts.
S Kinlay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Minerva cardioangiologica     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0026-4725     ISO Abbreviation:  Minerva Cardioangiol     Publication Date:  2003 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-10     Completed Date:  2004-06-21     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400725     Medline TA:  Minerva Cardioangiol     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  577-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Angina, Unstable / drug therapy*
Arteriosclerosis / prevention & control
Coronary Disease / drug therapy*
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
Myocardial Infarction / drug therapy*
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors

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