A propensity score-matched cohort study of the effect of statins, mainly fluvastatin, on the occurrence of acute myocardial infarction

Am J Cardiol. 2003 Dec 15;92(12):1447-51. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2003.08.057.


This investigation quantified the effect of statins on acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in an observational setting where fluvastatin represented most of the statin use. The study applied propensity scores to match statin initiators to statin noninitiators and followed them for the occurrence of AMI. Serum low-density lipoprotein levels were reduced by statin therapy, and there were fewer incidents of AMI in statin initiators than in noninitiators.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Fluvastatin
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Hypercholesterolemia / drug therapy*
  • Indoles / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction / epidemiology
  • Myocardial Infarction / prevention & control*
  • Probability
  • Proportional Hazards Models
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Cholesterol, LDL
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
  • Indoles
  • Fluvastatin