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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Statins double the risk of stroke

This study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine 2005 Jul 21;353(3):238-48

Study title and authors:
Atorvastatin in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus undergoing hemodialysis.
Wanner C, Krane V, März W, Olschewski M, Mann JF, Ruf G, Ritz E; German Diabetes and Dialysis Study Investigators.
Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.

This study investigated the effects of statin (atorvastatin) treatment in diabetic patients receiving hemodialysis. The study included 1,255 subjects with type 2 diabetes who were receiving hemodialysis who were assigned to receive either 20 mg of atorvastatin per day or matching placebo.

The study found:
  • Those receiving atorvastatin had twice the risk of a fatal stroke.
  • Death rates were similar in both groups.

This study found that atorvastatin increased stroke risk and had no effect on total death rates.