Medicines Evidence Commentary : Cardiovascular disease: statins for primary prevention in older people, with and without diabetes

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Publication date:
10 December 2018


A Spanish observational study assessed the benefit of starting statin therapy for primary prevention in participants aged 75 years and older. A statistically significant reduction in cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality was observed in participants aged 75-84 years with type 2 diabetes, but not in people without diabetes or older than this. NICE guidance and patient decision aids support shared decision-making between people and their health professional about whether to start taking a statin.

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