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[How can the fixed-dose atorvastatin/amlodipin combination help better adherence of patients to therapy?]

KIRÁLY Csaba, BENCZÚR Béla

NOVEMBER 20, 2014

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2014;24(10-11)

[Among the main risk factors of cardiovascular disease which is the leading cause of death dyslipidemia has a great importance beyond hypertension, diabetes, smoking and obesity. These conditions rarely occure as isolated ones but very often a clustering of major CV risk factors within individual patients can be observed called metabolic syndrome. It’s a great challenge to convince asymptomatic but high-risk adults that they have to take a lot of medicine for a long time period uninterruptedly to prevent future vascular events (eg. MI or stroke) in the primary care settings. Mainly the low statin-adherence means the greatest problem particularly if a subject should take statin beside two or more drugs despite statins have the most prominent evidences in the field of cardiovascular prevention. The efficacy in improving adherence to therapy of fixed-dose atorvastatin/amlodipin combination was investigated in this paper based on the experiences of case reports derived from our clinical practice.]

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