Simvastatin - from cholesterol to venous ulcers?

Lau, Esther & Nissen, Lisa (2014) Simvastatin - from cholesterol to venous ulcers? Australian Pharmacist, pp. 38-39.

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Abstract

It is estimated that up to three per 1,000 of the Australian adult population are affected by leg ulcers. Venous ulcers are the most common cause of ulceration in the lower extremities, accounting for approximately 80-85% of leg ulcers.

These debilitating, and often painful ulcers recur frequently and can affect people of all ages, though the risk increases dramatically with age (approximately 99% of those with venous ulcers in Australia are over 65 years of age). Other risk factors include a family history of leg ulceration, varicose veins, venous disease, phlebitis, deep vein thrombosis, congestive heart failure, obesity, immobility, and previous leg injury. The chronic and recurring nature of venous ulcers, in addition to reduced quality of life for the patient, and ongoing costs of care place a significant burden of disease on the patient, and health system...

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ID Code: 79590
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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ISSN: 0728-4632
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500) > Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (111502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 22 Dec 2014 00:57
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015 04:11

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