Treatment with statins and ischemic stroke severity

Neurology: April 17, 2013

Objective: To examine the effects of pretreatment with statins at high doses (40 mg of rosuvastatin or 80 mg of any other statin) and low to moderate doses (<40 mg of rosuvastatin or <80 mg of any other statin) on ischemic stroke (IS) severity in clinical practice.

Methods: Observational study of IS admissions to our stroke unit over a 3-year period (2008–2010). Mild stroke severity was defined as NIH Stroke Scale score ≤5 on admission. Multivariable regression models and matched propensity score analyses were used to quantify the association of statin pretreatment at high and low to moderate doses with mild stroke severity. Read more