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Statins After Myocardial Infarction: The Earlier the Better

KEY POINT

Patients who survive acute myocardial infarctions (MIs) and who have elevated LDL cholesterol should be started on lipid-lowering therapies before or when they leave the hospital.

SOURCES

Stenestrand U et al. Early statin treatment following acute myocardial infarction and 1-year survival. JAMA. 2001;285:430–6.

Jackevicius CA et al. Use of the statins in patients after acute myocardial infarction: does evidence change practice? Arch Intern Med. 2001;161:183–8.