Title

Appropriate primary prevention of cardiovascular disease: Does this mean more or less statin use?

Date of this Version

12-1-2011

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Published version

Smith, J. J. (2011). Appropriate primary prevention of cardiovascular disease: Does this mean more or less statin use? Australian Prescriber, 34 (6), 169-172.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 111500

© Copyright National Prescribing Services Limited, 2011

ISSN

0312-8008

Abstract

Treatment with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, commonly known as statins, is beneficial for people at high risk of a cardiovascular event. However, guidelines recommend against routine statin treatment for those with a lower risk. They also recommend waiting until after 45 years of age to assess cardiovascular risk in healthy individuals. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be assessed from age 35 years. These recommendations are based on current evidence of who is more likely to benefit from statin treatment.

 

This document has been peer reviewed.