Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute Study Finds only 6% Patients Adhere to Statin Regimen

Apr 20, 2019 | Adherence, Intermountain Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute, Statin Prescription

Researchers from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah found only 6% of patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease are in fact following their statin regimen. This represents a deplorable situation that endangers patient health.

Intermountain Healthcare researchers also uncovered that 25% of patients never filled their statin prescription in the first place and 25% failed to fill their second prescription!

Possible reasons include:

  • A bias against statins
  • Concern that they are already on too many medications
  • Concerns about side effects
  • Incorrect belief that after a few years on statins, they are cured and do not need to take them any more
  • Not important

Lead Research/Investigator

Heidi May, Ph.D., principal investigator

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