Treatment with a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor (statin) following a myocardial infarction has been shown to reduce the incidence of subsequent coronary revascularisation, myocardial infarction and cardiovascular death. The majority (89%) of patients admitted to the coronary care unit of our hospital received a fasting cholesterol check as part of a routine coronary care unit protocol. However, our survey shows that only 26% of patients surviving an acute myocardial infarction were on treatment with a statin at follow-up. Furthermore, those receiving statins were given smaller doses than those used in clinical trials. One way to ensure patients receive adequate treatment with statins, may be to include it as part of a coronary care unit protocol.
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