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Statins may reduce infection risk in stroke patients

An ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. It accounts for 87% of all stroke cases.

Adjunct Professor Doug Weeks from the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine analysed the records of more than 1,600 hospitalised patients who suffered an ischemic stroke, investigating the impact statin treatment had in their risk of developing an infection after the stroke.

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Douglas L Weeks, Christopher L. Greer, Megan N. Willson. Statin Medication Use and Nosocomial Infection Risk in the Acute Phase of Stroke. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2016 Oct; 25(10):2360-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2016.05.033.