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Statin therapy reduces cardiovascular disease risk in older people

Statin therapy reduces major vascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, in a wide range of people, including those over the age of 75, according to new research from Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists.

For the new study, MRC scientists worked with Australian researchers to assess the effects of statins in nearly 187,000 people who had taken part in 28 large clinical trials. Participants were divided into six age groups from 55 to over 75 years old to assess the effects of statins on major vascular events, deaths and cancer incidence.