Wednesday, April 15, 2009

ACC 2009---effects of statins in patients undergoing acute intervention

Whether your patient is statin-naive or already on a statin, acute pre- and post-procedure loading with atorvastatin may improve outcomes according to presentations at ACC 2009. While such loading is not considered the standard of care statin use is moving “upstream” in the treatment of acute coronary syndrome:

In practice, said Cannon, clinicians should start intensive statin therapy in acute coronary syndrome patients on hospital admission and potentially the night prior to the procedure in elective PCI.

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