Older people can have a healthy heart with Statin

People who are 75 years and older and free from heart ailments could take cholesterol lowering statin to keep their heart going, according to a new study.

The study published in American Medical Association journal said that older people who take statin had 25 per cent less risk of death from any cause and 20 per cent lower risk of death due to heart ailments.

Statins are medicines used to prevent build-up of plaques that normally can narrow or block arteries. Statin was not given to people older than 75 years till recently as the health guidelines did not allow it.

The doctors opined that the new study was evidence that changing the guidelines to allow statin therapy was the right move. The study was held in more than 300,000 veterans who were 75 years or older who utilised the VA health care services between 2002 and 2012. During the study period, more than 50,000 people had taken Statin. The researches then compared the health risk of people who took statin and those who did not. It was found that the older people who took statin had a lesser risk of heart ailment.

Now, there are more studies involving statin usage in people who are in their 50s. But a concrete study in people over 75 has not come up.


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