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AHA: Survival Odds Up With Statins Before Cardiac Arrest

Those already taking statin medication more likely to be alive one year later

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MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The odds of surviving cardiac arrest appear higher for patients who've been taking statins, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, held from Nov. 12 to 16 in New Orleans.

Ping-Hsun Yu, M.D., a researcher from the National Taiwan University Hospital and College of Medicine in New Taipei City, and colleagues divided the medical records of almost 138,000 patients according to whether or not they had used statins for 90 days within the year before their cardiac arrest. The researchers also accounted for gender, age, other medical problems, number of hospitalizations, post-resuscitation factors, and other variables.

Those already using statins were about 19 percent more likely to survive to hospital admission and 47 percent more likely to be discharged. They were also found to be 50 percent more likely to be alive a year later. The greatest survival benefit from statins was seen in patients with type 2 diabetes, Yu's team said.

"When considering statin use for patients with high cholesterol, the benefit of surviving sudden cardiac arrest should also be considered, as statin use before cardiac arrest might improve outcomes of those patients," Yu told HealthDay.

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