Continue to Start With High-Intensity Statins in Most Stroke Patients

New evidence will spark questions about whether to aim for an LDL goal in patients after an acute ischemic stroke or TIA.

For several years, stroke order sets have included high-intensity doses of statins shown to reduce CV risk...rather than titrating a dose based on an LDL goal.

Now data suggest treating to an LDL below 70 mg/dL instead of about 95 mg/dL prevents a recurrent CV event in about 1 in 42 ischemic stroke or TIA patients treated for 3.5 years.

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