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STATINS IN WOMEN

ANCHOR LEAD:  MANY OLDER PEOPLE COULD BENEFIT FROM STATIN DRUGS BUT AREN’T PRESCRIBED THEM, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Older people experience an increased risk of cardiovascular events but are less likely to be prescribed statin medications, which could substantially lower their risk, as they age.  Erin Michos, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, says a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology established that even in those aged 80 and older, statin therapy is helpful.

MICHOS: I think if an older adult has high risk either having hypertension or other risk factors and they’re not on a statin it should be discussed why.  I see a lot of patients in my clinic who are considered statin intolerant because they tried one statin and they got some aches and they were just stopped indefinitely.  I think we give up a little too easily on these statin intolerant patients.  I don’t give up after one statin, I try all six.         :24

This study demonstrated a reduced risk of death not just from cardiovascular events but from any cause, perhaps because of the anti-inflammatory effect of statins.   At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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