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Older patients who stop statins may be increasing their cardiovascular risk

Key clinical point: Elderly patients who discontinued use of statins had a higher risk of being admitted to the hospital for a cardiovascular event.

Major finding: The adjusted hazard ratio for admission after statin discontinuation was 1.33 (95% CI, 1.18-1.50) for a cardiovascular event.

Study details: A population-based, retrospective cohort study of 120,173 patients in French national health care databases who turned 75 during 2012-2014 and had no history of cardiovascular disease.

Disclosures: The study was not funded, and the authors declared no conflicts of interest.


Giral P at al. Eur Heart J. 2019 July 31. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehz458.