Among African Americans in Need of LDL Lowering: Less Statin Use, More Distrust of Doctors

Demographics and socioeconomic differences explain some, but not all, of the differences in statin use.

Not only are African American individuals who are eligible for statin therapy less likely to receive the LDL-lowering therapy than their white counterparts, but they are less likely to receive a statin at the guideline-recommended intensity when they are treated, according to a new analysis.

The reason for the discrepancy in management, say investigators, stems not only from demographic and socioeconomic differences between the two groups, but also from different beliefs and perceptions about statin therapy.

“While the differences in statin treatment were partially explained by demographic and clinical factors, other factors likely contributed,” lead investigator Michael Nanna, MD…

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