No connection between the level of exposition to statins in the population and the incidence/mortality of acute myocardial infarction: An ecological study based on Sweden’s municipalities
2011 (English)In: Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine, ISSN 1477-5751, E-ISSN 1475-9306, Vol. 10, no 6Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Randomised controlled trials have shown an excellent preventive effect of statins on ischemic heart disease. Our objective was to investigate if a relation can be detected between acute myocardial infarction- (AMI) mortality or incidence and statin utilisation, for men and women in different age-groups on a population basis.
The utilisation rate of statins increased almost three times for both men and women between 1998 and 2002. During 1998-2000 the incidence of AMI decreased clearly for men but only slightly for women. Mortality decreased from 1998 to 2002. The change in statin utilisation from 1998 to 2000 showed no correlation to the change in AMI mortality from 2000 to 2002. Statin utilisation and AMI- incidence or mortality showed no correlations when adjusting for socio-economic deprivation, antidiabetic drugs and geographic coordinates.
Despite a widespread and increasing utilisation of statins, no correlation to the incidence or mortality of AMI could be detected. Other factors than increased statin treatment should be analysed especially when discussing the allocation of public resources.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 10, no 6
Myocardial infarction, Incidence, Antilipemic agents, Sweden; Population, Ecological study
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13085DOI: 10.1186/1477-5751-10-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13085DiVA: diva2:17796
On the day of the defence day the status of this article was: Submitted2008-03-252008-03-252014-09-23