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Geriatrician questions prescribing for stroke prevention in people over 80

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1788 (Published 27 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1788
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

People in their 80s are being overtreated for the prevention of stroke with statins and antihypertensives, whose benefit is marginal at best, an article in the journal Evidence Based Medicine has claimed.

Kit Byatt, a geriatrician at the County Hospital in Hereford, said that doctors “need actively to rethink [their] priorities and beliefs about stroke prevention” among this age group.1

He said research showed that among people in their 80s …

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