Widespread use of statins in healthy older people to prevent heart disease not recommended in new study

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Statins are not associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease (conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels) or death in healthy people aged over 75, finds a study published by The BMJ today.

However, in those with type 2 diabetes, statins were related to a reduction in cardiovascular disease and death from any cause up to the age of 85 years.

The results of the study, led by the University Institute for Primary Care Research Jordi Gol (IDIAPJGol) and Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBGI), do not support the widespread use of statins in old and very old people, but they do support treatment in selected people, such as those aged 75-84 years with type 2 diabetes, say the researchers.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally, especially for those aged 75 and over. Statin prescriptions to elderly patients have increased in recent decades, and trial evidence supports statin treatment for people aged 75 years or …

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