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Statin therapy for diabetics.

The cholesterol-lowering medicine Lipitor helps protect people with diabetes from heart attacks and strokes, according to a large study presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association.

The Collaborative Atorvastatin Diabetes Study (CARDS) evaluated nearly 3,000 patients with type 2 diabetes, no history of heart disease, and relatively low levels of cholesterol. Data show that patients who took Lipitor had a 37 percent reduction in major cardiovascular events and experienced 48 percent fewer strokes compared to those who received a placebo.

The trial was halted nearly two years earlier than planned due to the significant benefits among patients taking the active drug.
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Title Annotation:Cardiovascular News At A Glance; Lipitor
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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