Statins for Primary Prevention in Elderly

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes more death than any other disease. As a person ages, CVD is more common and the risk of death from CVD increases dramatically. This aging population is expected to grow significantly over the next few decades so preventing CVD in these elderly patients is extremely important.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes more death than any other disease. As a person ages, CVD is more common and the risk of death from CVD increases dramatically. This aging population is expected to grow significantly over the next few decades so preventing CVD in these elderly patients is extremely important.

Subclinical hypothyroidism is when a patient has an elevated serum thyrotropin level in combination with a serum free T4 level that is within normal reference ranges. This condition can occur in 3% to 15% of the population and it increases with age and female sex. The risk of progression to overt hypothyroidism is approximately 2% to 6% per year.

By age 70, over 70% of elders will develop some type of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Most will also have other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, or arthritis. When patients have several medical conditions, this is called multimorbidity. Unfortunately, doctors rely on disease-specific clinical practice guidelines or clinical trials when treating patients; these types of evidence usually do not apply to patients with multimorbidity.

Elderly patients are more likely to have multiple medical conditions requiring numerous medications than younger patients. Continuing care is one of the most important aspects of patient care, especially for older patients. You might be asking yourself, "What does continuing care actually mean?". We'll tell what it means and help you in finding proper care.