Statins benefit women as much as men

For the first time a study proves statins are as effective in preventing heart attacks in women as well as men.

On its website, ABC News reports that investigators “reviewed 18 randomized controlled trials that included more than 140,000 patients.”

HeartWire reports, “Ten of the studies were secondary-prevention studies, and eight studies were designed as primary-prevention trials, although five of the primary-prevention studies did include a proportion of patients with cardiovascular disease.”

HealthDay reports that the research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, indicated that “for both males and females,” statins “lowered the risk of a heart attack by about 20 percent.”

In the past, some believed “that statins … benefited women less than men.”

MedPage Today reports, however, that in an accompanying editorial, “Lori Mosca, MD, PhD, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, urged caution, noting that the analysis focused on relative risk reduction, had a limited number of primary prevention trials, and had a limited assessment of the costs and risks of statin therapy.”

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