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High dose atorvastatin was superior to standard dose pravastatin in reducing death or major CV events in acute coronary syndrome

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 Q In patients with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), is standard dose pravastatin non-inferior to high dose atorvastatin for reducing death or major cardiovascular (CV) events?

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randomised, placebo controlled trial (Pravastatin or Atorvastatin Evaluation and Infection Therapy-Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction 22 [PROVE IT-TIMI 22] trial).

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blinded (clinicians and patients).*

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mean 24 months.

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349 sites in 8 countries.

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4162 stable patients (mean age 58 y, 78% men) who were hospitalised for an ACS in the previous 10 days, were enrolled after a percutaneous revascularisation procedure (if planned), and had a total cholesterol concentration ⩽240 mg/dl (6.21 mmol/l) taken within the first 24 hours, or <6 months …

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  • For correspondence: Dr C P Cannon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

  • Sources of funding: Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sankyo.