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Does stopping a statin increase the short-term risk of a cardiovascular event?

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Title: Does stopping a statin increase the short-term risk of a cardiovascular event?
Author: Crawford, Paul; Hitchcock, Kristin
Keywords: myocardial infarction (MI)
cardiogenic shock
stroke
Date: 2006-06
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 55(6) 2006: 533-534.
Abstract: 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).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3424

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