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Statin discontinuation translates to increased cardiovascular risk in elderly

05 Oct 2019

Discontinuation of statins leads to an increased risk of hospital admission for a cardiovascular event in elderly primary prevention patients, a study has found.

Researchers used data from the French national healthcare databases and identified 120,173 individuals who turned 75 years in 2012–2014. All participants had no history of cardiovascular disease and had a statin medication possession ratio ≥80 percent in each of the previous 2 years.

Over a mean follow-up of 2.4 years, 17,204 discontinued statins (defined as 3 consecutive months without exposure) and 5,396 patients were admitted for cardiovascular events (crude incidence rate, 2.1 per 100 patient-years). Of the patients who developed cardiovascular events, 2,299 had a coronary event, 2,328 had a cerebrovascular event and 769 had another vascular event. There were 3,243 patients who died during follow-up with no previous admission for cardiovascular events, including 1,005 (31.0 percent) who died outside of hospital.

Multivariable Cox hazards analysis revealed that compared with continued statin use, statin discontinuation was associated with increased risk of developing any cardiovascular event (hazard ratio [HR], 1.33, 95 percent CI, 1.18–1.50, coronary event (HR, 1.46, 1.21–1.75), cerebrovascular event (HR, 1.26, 1.05–1.51) or other vascular event (HR, 1.02, 0.74–1.40).

The present data are consistent with the reported relationship between low-density lipoprotein levels and cardiovascular risk, according to the researchers. More studies are needed to validate the findings and support updating and clarification of guidelines on the use of statins for primary prevention in the elderly.

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Pearl Toh, 20 Nov 2019
The trade-off between the risk of ischaemic vs bleeding events may be different between Asian and non-Asian patients, which warrants careful consideration when deciding on the duration of antiplatelet therapy following a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to a presentation at ESC Asia Congress 2019.
4 days ago
Participating in a long-distance skiing event may help lower the risk of hypertension, with the number of completed races showing a weak association with the risk, a study has found.
06 Sep 2019
Hypertensive adults with lower plasma zinc concentration are at increased risk of haemorrhagic stroke, especially those with higher body mass index or lower plasma copper levels, a study has found.
06 Jan 2020
Target organ damage appears to be more noticeable in patients affected by primary aldosteronism than those affected by arterial hypertension without primary aldosteronism, suggests a study, adding that specific treatment can ease such condition.