Statins bring mortality and function benefits after stroke: study

Meta-analysis suggests benefits outweigh risk of intracerebral haemorrhage

Taking statins after a stroke is associated with “substantial and significant” improvements in mortality and functional outcomes, which overshadow a non-significant trend for intracerebral haemorrhage, according to a UK meta-analysis.

The purpose of the research, which examined 43 studies with more than 317,000 patient-years of follow-up, was to determine whether statins increased the risk of a cerebral bleed in patients with prior stroke of any type.

Fifteen studies, including more than 50,000 patients in total, compared people with or without statins after stroke