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Secondary prevention of heart disease with statins

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1208

Groups were as different as chalk and cheese

  1. James Penston (, consultant physician
  1. Scunthorpe General Hospital, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN15 7BH

    EDITOR—Wei et al say that the results of their observational study of treatment with statins in routine clinical practice in Tayside are consistent with, and similar to, those reported in clinical trials.1 This conclusion is hardly justified.

    A cohort of patients, defined by a discharge diagnosis of myocardial infarction between January 1993 and December 2001, was studied to compare the outcomes …

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