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Vascular. 2014 Jun;22(3):218-20.

Compliance and echographic carotid plaque evolution in patients with acute ischemic stroke treated with atorvastatin according to usual care.

Abstract

The aim of the paper is to assess the compliance and efficacy of atorvastatin treatment according to usual care on carotid atheromatous plaque and lipids during follow-up for one year in patients with acute ischemic stroke. Sixty-six patients were included. Morphological plaque characteristics were described and a complete blood analysis was performed at admission and at one year. Nineteen patients stopped treatment. Lipid reduction was significant in triglycerides, cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, with an increase in HDL cholesterol. Morphological characteristics of carotid plaque were not modified. In conclusion, an irregular compliance has been seen in patients with acute ischemic stroke treated with atorvastatin according to usual care. Nearly one-third of our patients stopped the treatment before the course of a year. The effect on lipids and its pleiotropic effect on atheromatous carotid artery disease might support the long-term use of atorvastatin, regardless of the dose, in patients with acute ischemic stroke.

PMID:
23518842
DOI:
10.1177/1708538113478751
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