Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Review of Pertinent Guideline Updates

Carley E. DeVee, PharmD, BCPS; Ryan J. Sangiovanni, PharmD


US Pharmacist. 2019;44(2):HS2-HS5. 

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Recommendations regarding statin therapy in AIS patients have largely remained unchanged since the prior published guidelines. The updated guidelines still recommend treatment with a high-intensity statin in men and women aged 75 years or younger. The guidelines recommend against routine measurement of blood cholesterol levels in patients not previously taking a statin; however, measurement might be helpful in patients already taking optimized statin therapy to aid in further preventing a subsequent AIS. The only update to the guidelines with regard to statin therapy is that the authors believe initiating a statin while the patient is hospitalized is appropriate.[2]