High-dose atorvastatin following ACS reduces risk of long-term adversecardiovascular outcomes

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Aggressive lipid-lowering with high-dose atorvastatin initiated immediatelyafter hospitalization for an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) significantlyreduces the risk of long-term adverse cardiovascular outcomes compared withlipid-lowering with standard-dose pravastatin. As such, target levels oflow-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) may need to be lower than theones currently recommended in patients at risk of cardiovascular events,said Christopher Cannon, MD, at the 53rd annual scientific session of theAmerican College of Cardiology in New Orleans.

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