Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk-factor counseling of patients with indications for statin therapy for primary or secondary prevention of CVD appears to improve lipid profiles when compared with routine care, according to an analysis from the Netherlands. For the study, CVD risk-factor counseling included education on:
Modifiable and un-modifiable risk factors.
Absolute 10-year CVD risk.
Target risk that could be reached if all modifiable risk factors were optimally treated.
All patients who underwent the counseling intervention were more adherent to statin therapy and less anxious about taking the medications.
Abstract: American Journal of Cardiology, September 2012.