75 or Older? Statins Can Still Benefit Your Heart

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People 75 and older who were free of heart disease and prescribed a statin wound up with a 25% lower risk of death from any cause and a 20% lower risk of heart-related death, researchers reported July 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“Based on these data, age is not a reason to not prescribe statins,” said lead researcher Dr. Ariela Orkaby, a physician-scientist at the VA Boston Healthcare System and associate epidemiologist with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Statins are drugs used to prevent the buildup of plaques that can narrow or block arteries, leading to heart attack and stroke.

Until recently, guidelines recommended halting statin therapy at age 75, said Dr. Mary Ann McLaughlin, medical director of the Cardiac Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. WebMD Health reports.

 

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