Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here

WWW Englemed
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
How heart failure risk rises after surgery
Wed June 29th - The development of atrial fibrillation following surgery is an important risk factor for heart failure, researchers report today. More
Brain surgery benefits intracranial pressure
Wed June 29th - Craniectomy for intracranial hypertension offers significant benefit, according to new guidance, triggered by British research. More
On 09/10/2020 William Haworth wrote:
How long is recovery time after proceedure... on Ablation cuts atrial fibrillat...
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...

Over 75s ‘should have drugs to reduce heart disease risk’

Friday July 13th, 2012

People over the age of 75 should be prescribed drugs to help lower their risk of heart disease and prolong healthy life expectancy.

A study published in the British Medical Journal today claims that older people are being “largely ignored” by existing guidance - even though the drugs could be beneficial.

A team of researchers from the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford, in England, studied 36,679 patients aged 40 and over from 19 general practices in the English West Midlands, to establish if age and sex had influenced prescriptions for blood pressure cholesterol.

None of the patients had a history of heart disease at the start of the study, and the results showed that the likelihood of using blood pressure medication increased with every five years, but started to decline after the age of 85.

Fifty-six per cent of patients aged 75 and over had the highest use overall and women were 10 per cent more likely to be taking blood pressure treatment than men.

The likelihood of using statin medication also increased with every five years but decreased with every five years once the patients reached 75.

Researchers found that 23 per cent of all patients aged 75 and over took statins, with those aged 70-74 having the highest use. Women aged between 65 and 69 and 75 and 79 were five per cent more likely to be issued a prescription than men while men under the age of 60 were more likely to be issued a prescription.

The authors said a 2008 study demonstrated that blood pressure treatment in the over 80s can reduce the risk of heart disease. Although the evidence for statin treatment in the elderly is not as clear cut because there have been no trials in this age group, the authors say there is no evidence to suggest that prescribing statins in elderly patients causes any harm.

The authors recommend that guidelines should be modified and future research should look at the use of statin therapy in people aged 80 or more and that treating those aged 75 and over with these drugs “could be an appropriate place to start”.

June Davison, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “The older population is increasing, and doctors should consider how prescribing drugs to prevent cardiovascular disease could help reduce disability and increase life expectancy in this group.

“Available evidence would suggest that older people can benefit from heart protective drugs, but more research is needed.

“Sometimes there are good reasons for not prescribing certain medicines. An older person may be more vulnerable to particular side-effects, or already be on multiple medicines for other health conditions, meaning it isn’t always appropriate to prescribe additional medicines."

Impact of age and sex on primary preventive treatment for cardiovascular disease in the West Midlands, UK: cross sectional study. Sheppard J et al. BMJ 2012;345:e4535 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e4535

Tags: Elderly Health | Heart Health | Pharmaceuticals | UK News

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)