Skipping Meds Greatly Ups Heart Patients’ Risk of Stroke

People at risk for heart disease are much more likely to die from a stroke if they don’t take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs andblood pressure medications as prescribed

Fatal stroke risk also increased if these patients stuck to one type of medication but not both, the researchers found.

For example, if patients kept taking blood pressure medication but dropped their statins, their risk of dying from a stroke increased by 82 percent. Turning the tables, they had a 30 percent added risk of stroke if they took their statins but didn’t take their blood pressure medications.

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