Does stopping a statin increase the short-term risk of a cardiovascular event?
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When hydroxymethyl glutaryl coenzyme A (HMG CoA) inhibitors (statins) are stopped by asymptomatic patients, there appears to be no increased risk of cardiovascular events (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B). However, for patients who have recently experienced a cardiovascular event, discontinuation of statins increases the risk of further events and death (SOR: B).
Journal of Family Practice, 55(6) 2006: 533-534.