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Should statins be prescribed for elderly patients?

Leon A Simons

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Abstract

There is no specific age at which statin therapy in elderly patients should be stopped.

Key Points

  • Statins may prevent recurrent cardiovascular events in elderly patients.
  • There is no specific age at which statin therapy in elderly patients should be stopped.
  • Initiation of stain therapy in the very elderly may not be advisable as benefits are likely to be small and the likelihood of adverse events is increased in these patients.

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