Washington: A new study has shown that cholesterol-lowering drugs, also known as statins, may help prevent formation of blood clots in patients with cardiovascular disease.The researchers showed that atherosclerosis patients receiving statin therapy had a significantly reduced risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE)- a collective term for DVT (blood clot) and pulmonary embolism (PE) - than patients not on statin therapy. In addition, patients on a higher dose of statins had the least likelihood of developing VTE.
The results showed that patients in the nonstatin group were three times as likely to develop VTE than patients receiving statins. "Venous thromboembolism leads to significant morbidity, mortality, and hospital costs in Americans each year," said Dr Kalpalatha Guntupalli, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. "Although more research is needed, statins may prove effective in helping to reduce the incidence of VTE in specific patient populations," Guntupalli added.The study was presented at CHEST 2009, the 75th annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).ANI
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