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Statin Therapy for Hyperlipidemia—Reply

Edward H. Livingston, MD1; Deborah T. Sugerman, MSW1
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1JAMA, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2013;310(11):1185-1186. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.276743.
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In Reply Dr McEvoy and colleagues state that we failed to mention anything about the unequivocal benefit of statins in secondary prevention settings. In the JAMA Patient Page, we wrote: “ If you have had a heart attack or if you have other types of blockages in your arteries, your doctor will recommend that you lower your bad cholesterol. He or she may also prescribe a statin to help you do so …” and “… most physicians prescribe them [statins] for patients who have had a heart attack.” These statements support the use of statins for secondary prevention.

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September 18, 2013
John W. McEvoy, MBBCh, MRCPI; Roger S. Blumenthal, MD; Michael J. Blaha, MD, MPH
1Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2013;310(11):1184-1185. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.276734.
September 18, 2013
Paul von Hippel, MAS, PhD
1LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin
JAMA. 2013;310(11):1185. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.276740.
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