Clinical factors associated with statins prescription in acute ischemic stroke patients: Findings from the Lombardia Stroke Registry

Isabella Canavero, Anna Cavallini, Patrizia Perrone, Mauro Magoni, Lucia Sacchi, Silvana Quaglini, Giordano Lanzola, Giuseppe Micieli, Laura Adobbati, Vincenzo Silani, Elio Agostoni, Chiara Scaccabarozzi, Marco Arnaboldi, Simone Vidale, Gianstefano Baietti, Luigi Bettoni, Ubaldo Balducci, Francesco Chia, Pierluigi Baron, Nereo BresolinPietro Bassi, Paola Bazzi, Vittorio Crespi, Simone Beretta, Carlo Ferrarese, Luciano Bet, Giovanni Meola, Giacomo Bezzi, Giorgio Boncoraglio, Eugenio Parati, Giorgio Bono, Maria Luisa Delodovici, Bianca Bordo, Antonio Colombo, Giuseppina Borutti, Giovanni Piccolo, Fabio Brusaferri, Alessandro Prelle, Maria Vittoria Calloni, Massimo Camerlingo, Bruno Censori, Carlo Cerini, Marinella Turla, Nicoletta Checcarelli, Mario Guidotti, Giancarlo Comi, Maria Sessa, Angelo Costa, Edoardo Donati, Claudio Ferrante, Fabio Frediani, Patrizia Lattuada, Emanuele Poloni, Paola Gambaro, Claudio Mariani, Antonella Gomitoni, Giampiero Grampa, Ezio Lanza, Andrea Magnoni, Simona Marcheselli, Claudia Marsile, Graziella Molini, Francesco Sasanelli, Alessandra Martignoni, Marco Mattioli, Irene Neromante, Daniele Porazzi, Marco Poloni, Paolo Previdi, Giorgio Silvestrelli, Maurizio Riva, Angelo Zilioli, Alessandro Romorini, Ignazio Santilli, Carlo Sebastiano Tadeo, Maria Teresa Zaccone, Davide Zarcone

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Background: Statins, due to their well-established pleiotropic effects, have noteworthy benefits in stroke prevention. Despite this, a significant proportion of high-risk patients still do not receive the recommended therapeutic regimens, and many others discontinue treatment after being started on them. The causes of non-adherence to current guidelines are multifactorial, and depend on both physicians and patients. The aim of this study is to identify the factors influencing statin prescription at Stroke Unit (SU) discharge.Methods: This study included 12,750 patients enrolled on the web-based Lombardia Stroke Registry (LRS) from July 2009 to April 2012 and discharged alive, with a diagnosis of ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) and without contra-indication to statin therapy. By logistic regression analysis and classification trees, we evaluated the impact of demographic data, risk factors, tPA treatment, in-hospital procedures and complications on statin prescription rate at discharge.Results: We observed a slight increase in statins prescription during the study period (from 39.1 to 43.9%). Lower age, lower stroke severity and prestroke disability, the presence of atherothrombotic/lacunar risk factors, a diagnosis of non-cardioembolic stroke, tPA treatment, the absence of in-hospital complications, with the sole exception of hypertensive fits and hyperglycemia, were the patient-related predictors of adherence to guidelines by physicians. Overall, dyslipidemia appears as the leading factor, while TOAST classification does not reach statistical significance.Conclusions: In our region, Lombardia, adherence to guidelines in statin prescription at Stroke Unit discharge is very different from international goals. The presence of dyslipidemia remains the main factor influencing statin prescription, while the presence of well-defined atherosclerotic etiopathogenesis of stroke does not enhance statin prescription. Some uncertainties about the risk/benefit of statin therapy in stroke etiology subtypes (cardioembolism, other or undetermined causes) may partially justify the underuse of statin in ischemic stroke. The differences that exist between current international guidelines may prevent a more widespread use of statin and should be clarified in a consensus.

Original languageEnglish
Article number53
JournalBMC Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 21 2014


  • Adherence
  • Classification tree
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Performance predictors
  • Statins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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