Scientists: women are less likely to receive statins after a heart attack

Women in the United States, suffered a heart attack are less likely than men undergoing high-intensity statin therapy is recommended to reduce the risk of subsequent heart attack or stroke, found researchers from the Institute for global health, George (George Institute for Global Health) at the University of Oxford.

The researchers analyzed data from more than 88 thousand adult patients who received a prescription for statins after a heart attack in 2014-2015. Among them, high-intensity statins were only 56% of men and 47% women.

Despite the fact that these figures are higher than ten years ago, the differences remain: women are less likely than men to undergo high-intensity statin therapy, even adjusting for age, income and other related diseases, according to EurekAlert!.

According to the researchers, differences in the utilization of high-intensity statin therapy may partially explain the fact that mortality among women with heart attack and stroke in anamnesis higher than among men.

“This research demonstrates that even when women are prescribed statins, you still require less intense treatment than indicated in the manual,” said the authors.

In accordance with the guidelines of the USA, 2013, all patients older than 75 years who have had a heart attack or stroke, should be treated with statins (high intensity mode) on the basis of clear data on their efficacy and safety.

The researchers emphasize the need for greater work to raise awareness about the benefits of the high-intensity regime of statins for women and men, to eliminate the existing discrepancies.