Statins and cognitive side effects. what cardiologists need to know

Academic Article


  • Statins are widely used in secondary and primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. They reduce cardiovascular events and mortality, and have an excellent safety record. Recent case reports suggest a possible association between statins and adverse effects on cognition. This article reviews recent literature related to statins and cognition and provides recommendations to clinicians. Cognitive considerations should not play a role in decision making for most patients for whom statins are indicated. Future trials of statin, or any novel antilipemic agent should include systematic assessment of cognition.
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    Published In

  • Cardiology Clinics  Journal
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    Author List

  • Rojas-Fernandez C; Hudani Z; Bittner V
  • Start Page

  • 245
  • End Page

  • 256
  • Volume

  • 33
  • Issue

  • 2