A First: USPTF recommends adults aged 40 and above to start preventive statin use

A First: USPTF recommends adults aged 40 and above to start preventive statin use

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) has issue a draft recommendation in which it has suggested that adults aged between 40 and 75 who face risk of having heart attack or stroke should take statins.

People with a 10% of heart attack or stroke risk in the next 10 years should take statins. The government task force has also suggested statin use to those having low risk as much as 7.5% but depending on individual diagnosis.

The new guidelines support the statin use as mentioned by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology 2013. The USPTF uses AHA/ACC method to assess the risk. Dr. Douglas K. Owens, a professor at Stanford University and a member of the task force, said, “People with no signs, symptoms, or history of cardiovascular disease can still be at risk for having a heart attack or stroke. Fortunately, for certain people at increased risk, statins can be very effective at preventing these events”.

The guidelines have been based on the assessment of 18 clinical trials of statin use among adults aged over 40. In comparison to those who are not on treatment, statin use was tiled to 17% reduced risk of death from any cause and 36% reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. As per the task force, the biggest preventative effect was found in people having 10% risk. Those who have risk more than this percentage should take statins, strongly suggested the task force.

Though taking statin could prove beneficial for people aged between 40 and 75 having between 7.5 and 10% risk, the patients should first consult with their doctors and assess the benefits of taking the drugs.

Owens said that the benefit ratio depends on the level of risk. The higher risk you have of facing heart disease, more likely you will benefit from taking statin. This is the first time that the USPTF has recommended the use of statins.

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