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Comparison of statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and persistent physical disability in older adults


Zhou, Z and Curtis, AJ and Ernst, ME and Ryan, J and Zoungas, S and Wolfe, R and McNeil, JJ and Murray, AM and Reid, CM and Chowdhury, EK and Woods, RL and Tonkin, AM and Nelson, MR, Comparison of statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and persistent physical disability in older adults, European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Article online ahead of print. ISSN 0031-6970 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00228-021-03239-1


Purpose: Recent epidemiological evidence has suggested that use of lipid-lowering medications, particularly statins, was associated with reduced cardiovascular disease (CVD) events and persistent physical disability in healthy older adults. However, the comparative efficacy of different statins in this group remains unclear. This study aimed to compare different forms of statins in their associations with CVD and physical disability in healthy older adults.

Methods: This post hoc analysis included data from 5981 participants aged ≥ 70 years (≥ 65 if US minorities; median age:74.0) followed for a median of 4.7 years, who had no prior CVD events or physical disability and reported using a statin at baseline. The incidence of the composite and components of major adverse cardiovascular events and persistent physical disability were compared across different statins according to their type, potency, and lipophilicity using multivariable Cox proportional-hazards models.

Results: Atorvastatin was the most used statin type at baseline (37.9%), followed by simvastatin (29.6%), rosuvastatin (25.5%), and other statins (7.0%, predominantly pravastatin). In comparisons of specific statins according to type and lipophilicity (lipophilic vs. hydrophilic statin), observed differences in all outcomes were small and not statistically significant (all p values > 0.05). High-potency statin use (atorvastatin and rosuvastatin) was marginally associated with lower risk of fatal CVD events compared with low-/moderate-potency statin use (hazard ratio: 0.59; 95% confidence interval: 0.35, 1.00).

Conclusion: There were minimal differences in CVD outcomes and no significant difference in persistent physical disability between various forms of statins in healthy older adults. Future investigations are needed to confirm our results.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:statin, cardiovascular disease, disability, elderly, primary prevention
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Efficacy of medications
UTAS Author:Zhou, Z (Dr Zhen Zhou)
UTAS Author:Nelson, MR (Professor Mark Nelson)
ID Code:147378
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-10-28
Last Modified:2022-08-25

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