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Importance of statin therapy for patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes

Consider prescribing statins for your patients diagnosed with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and diabetes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that adults with diabetes are 1.7 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than adults without diabetes. Statin therapy is beneficial to lower patients’ risk of future heart attack, stroke and related deaths. However, almost two out of five patients with diabetes were not prescribed one, according to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has two star measures to support statin therapy’s importance. To learn more about these measures, read these tip sheets:

Statin Therapy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease (SPC)

Statin Use in Persons with Diabetes (SUPD)

If you have questions regarding this publication, please contact your BCBSKS provider representative.

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