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GPs should consider offering statins to all patients aged over 75, researchers say

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l522 (Published 01 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l522
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London, UK

Statins should be considered for everyone over 75 according to the authors of a large meta-analysis, published in the Lancet,1 which found the drugs reduced major vascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, in patients of all ages.

Only a third of the 5.5 million over 75s in the UK take statins and up to 8000 deaths per year could be prevented if all took them, said Colin Baigent, director of the Medical Research Council Population Health Research Unit at the University of Oxford, which conducted the research. He was speaking at a press conference to launch the study on 30 January. Thousands of elderly patients also become disabled after strokes and heart attacks, greatly affecting their quality of life.

Statins would not be appropriate for all over-75s, nor might all want to take …

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