Life expectancy shorter after TIA

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Nine years after discharge, the survival of patients hospitalized with a transient ischemic attack (TIA) was 20% lower than expected in the general population. Before a decade had passed, 50% of TIA patients had died; the mortality rate was minimal among patients younger than 50, but significant among those older than 65, Melina Gattellari, PhD, of the University of New South Wales, and colleagues reported online in Stroke.

Many with coronary artery disease not on statins

Despite evidence from clinical trials that statins help prevent cardiovascular event, many patients with obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) are not being treated with statin medications. Of patients in the study with obstructive heart disease, 30,160 were being treated with statins, another 2,042 had been prescribed only nonstatin lipid-lowering medications, and 6,441 got both. The remaining 6,575 were untreated [Dr Suzanne V. Arnold, from St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo.]