US panel recommends statins for adults aged 40 to 75 at 10% or greater risk of cardiovascular disease

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 29 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h7008
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Adults aged 40 to 75 years who have no history of cardiovascular disease but who smoke or who have dyslipidemia, diabetes, or hypertension and a 10 year risk of a cardiovascular event of at least 10% should be offered preventive treatment with a low to moderate dose statin, the US Preventive Services Task Force has concluded in draft recommendations released on 22 December.1 For the purposes of this recommendation the task force defined dyslipidemia as a concentration of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol of greater than 130 mg/dL. …

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