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Professor: Information is key to encouraging statin use

Health Systems Science Prof. Quyen Ngo-Metzger is among experts urging communication to improve statin use among ASCVD patients.

February 13, 2020

Although atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) remains the leading cause of death in the United States, studies show that some patients may avoid using cholesterol-lowering statin drugs due to concerns about side effects and long-term dependence. Dr. Quyen Ngo-Metzger, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine professor of health systems science and co-author of a 2019 JABFM study on statin use, is among experts advocating for communication, visual aids, and simple regimens to help patients understand the benefits.

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