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Comment & Response
March 14, 2017

Use of Statins in Adults Older Than 75 Years

Author Affiliations
  • 1Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
JAMA. 2017;317(10):1081. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0382

To the Editor As the title of the Viewpoint on statins for primary prevention in older adults indicated, there is “uncertainty and the need for more evidence” in this important group.1 We are concerned that the authors are inaccurate in indicating that the American College of Cardiology–American Heart Association (ACC-AHA) guidelines would lead to statin assignment for all persons older than 75 years. We are also concerned that the Viewpoint suggests that the guidelines overstate the evidence base supporting statin treatment in elderly persons.

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