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Dr. Erica Spatz authors article appearing in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes that estimates numbers of older U.S. adults who may benefit from statin therapy

From the AHA Newsroom:

DALLAS, Jan. 14, 2009 – Researchers estimate more than 11 million older Americans may be newly eligible for statin therapy if findings from a recently published large clinical trial are adopted into clinical practice guidelines, according to a new analysis of the trial data. The analysis is published online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Using data from the 1999–2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers found that 33.5 million older Americans (men age 50 years and older and women age 60 years and older) are currently taking a statin (24.4 percent) or have risks that would indicate a need for statin therapy based on current guidelines but do not take a statin (33.5 percent)...

Read the entire News Release from the American Heart Association


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