Stopping Statins May Cause Rebound that Triples Risk of Death

DALLAS, TX — March 5, 2002 — Heart disease patients who discontinued using cholesterol-lowering drugs while they were hospitalized for chest pain had triple the risk of death or heart attack as people who kept taking their medicine, say researchers in today's rapid access publication of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

"The message to physicians is: Don't stop statins," says Christian W. Hamm, M.D., one of the study authors. "Withdrawal of statin therapy shortly after the onset of symptoms completely eliminated the protective effect of statins in coronary heart disease patients hospitalized with severe chest pain."

Dr. Hamm is director of cardiology at the Kerckhoff Heart Center in Bad Nauheim, Germany, and professor of medicine and cardiology at the University of Hamburg….

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