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Statin in elderly

Kai M Eggers, Bertil Lindahl, Per Venge, Lars Lind
BACKGROUND: Measurement of N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and cardiac troponin I (cTnI) might be useful for monitoring of cardiovascular disease in the elderly. However, it is not clear whether changes in these biomarkers are associated with changes in the cardiovascular risk profile and if this pattern could be modified by changes in lifestyle habits or medications. METHODS: We measured levels of NT-proBNP and cTnI in community-dwelling subjects (PIVUS study) upon visits scheduled at age 70 (n=1007), 75 (n=825) and 80 (n=602)...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Samer Noaman, Omar Al-Mukhtar, Sheri Abramovic, Hanin Mohammed, Cheng Yee Goh, Claire Long, Christopher Neil, Edward Janus, Nicholas Cox, William Chan
BACKGROUND: Assessment of demographic and clinical factors influencing the decision of statin discontinuation in the elderly population admitted to subacute geriatric unit. The aim of this study is to assess the clinical factors impacting the decision-making process of statin discontinuation in the elderly. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed changes in statin discontinuation and prescription among patients (≥60 years old) discharged from a geriatric evaluation and management unit by reviewing hospital digital medical records at Western Health - The Williamstown Hospital over a 12-month period from 4 February 2012 until 4 February 2013 inclusive...
January 31, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Konstantinos Stavropoulos, Konstantinos Imprialos, Michael Doumas, Vasilios G Athyros
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February 20, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
Bruce E Landon, Alan M Zaslavsky, Jeffrey Souza, John Z Ayanian
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is a costly and common condition, but little is known about recent trends in diabetes management among Medicare beneficiaries. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of diabetes medications and testing supplies among Medicare beneficiaries. DESIGN/SETTING: Retrospective cohort analysis of Medicare claims from 2007 to 2014. PARTICIPANTS: Traditional Medicare beneficiaries with a diagnosis of diabetes in the current or any prior year...
February 9, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Anna Kańtoch, Barbara Gryglewska, Jadwiga Wójkowska-Mach, Piotr Heczko, Tomasz Grodzicki
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases among nursing home residents is high but little is known whether pharmacologic therapy recommended by actual medication guidelines is followed by facility's staff. AIM: To evaluate the adherence to actual guidelines for treatment of cardiovascular diseases among older adult residents of long-term care (LTC) facilities. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The cross-sectional study was performed from December 2009 to November 2010 among 189 elderly residents aged ≥60 years in 3 LTC facilities in Poland: 1 long-term care hospital (LTCH) and 2 nursing homes (NHs)...
February 2, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Nardev Ramanathan, Esther Tan, Li Jun Loh, Boon Seng Soh, Wei Ney Yap
Ageing is a nonmodifiable risk factor that is linked to increased likelihood of cardiovascular morbidities. Whilst many pharmacological interventions currently exist to treat many of these disorders such as statins for hypercholesterolemia or beta-blockers for hypertension, the elderly appear to present a greater likelihood of suffering non-related side effects such as increased risk of developing new onset type 2 diabetes (NODM). In some cases, lower efficacy in the elderly have also been reported. Alternative forms of treatment have been sought to address these issues, and there has been a growing interest in looking at herbal remedies or plant-based natural compounds...
2018: Nutrition & Metabolism
Ki Dong Ko, Kyoung Kon Kim, Jin-Ok Baek, Heuy Sun Suh, In Cheol Hwang
Ichthyosis is a heterogeneous group of hereditary or acquired skin disorders, characterized by increased stratum corneum production. Several systemic diseases and many drugs can occasionally cause acquired ichthyosis. We report a case of statin-induced ichthyosis in which the causality between statin and ichthyosis was found possible by using the Naranjo scale. A 79-year-old woman presented with pruritic skin lesions on both legs that appeared erythematous, scaly, and cracked. A clinical diagnosis of acquired ichthyosis was made and the statin was suspected as the cause...
January 2018: Korean Journal of Family Medicine
Juan Zhang, Xingpeng Liu, Xiaoqing Liu, Xiandong Yin, Yanjiang Wang, Xiaoying Lu, Xinchun Yang
We assessed the thromboembolic risks of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who had undergone radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using the CHADS2-VASc risk scoring system and further investigated the patterns of warfarin use for thromboprophylaxis according to patient thromboembolic risk scores.In this study, we analyzed the stroke risks of patients who had undergone RFA for AF at our hospital between March 2014 and June 2016 using the CHADS2, CHADS2-VASc, and Hypertension, Abnormal renal/liver function, Stroke, Bleeding history or predisposition, Labile international normalized ratio, Elderly (> 65 years) (HAS-BLED) scoring systems...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Doron Garfinkel, Nataly Ilin, Alexander Waller, Ashley Torkan-Zilberstein, Netanel Zilberstein, Itai Gueta
BACKGROUND: Elderly patients are exposed to increased number of medications, often with no proof of a positive benefit/risk ratio. Unfortunately, this trend does not spare those with limited life expectancy, including end-stage cancer patients who require only palliative treatment. For many medications in this subpopulation, the risk of adverse drug events outweighs the possible benefits and yet, many are still poly-medicated during their last year of life. AIM: To describe the extent of polypharmacy among end-stage cancer patients, at the time of admission to homecare hospice...
January 23, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Vanessa Kraege, Evrim Jaccard, Alain Kenfak, Elisabeth Stamm, Fanny Blondet, Grégoire Humair, Plamena Tasheva, Oriane Aebischer, Sabine Giroud, Jonathan Tschopp, Claudio Sartori
2017 has continued to bring important progress in all areas of internal medicine, impacting our daily practice. From bedside screening for beta-lactam allergies, to statins as primary prevention in the elderly, SGLT2 inhibitors in heart failure, azithromycin in severe asthmatics and tofacitinib in ulcero-haemorrhagic recto-colitis, internal medicine journals are full of novelties. Every year, the chief residents of the CHUV internal medicine ward meet up to share their readings: here is their selection of eleven articles, chosen, summarized and commented for you...
January 17, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Talal Alzahrani, Angelike P Liappis, Larry M Baddour, Pamela E Karasik
BACKGROUND: The rate of cardiovascular implantable electronic device infection (CIEDI) has increased, despite the use of perioperative antibiotics at the time of device placement or revision. This is due, in part, to the presence of multiple comorbid conditions in an elderly population, in general, who require CIED. Statins may have an antibacterial effect, although there is currently no evidence that the likelihood of CIEDI has been impacted by statin use. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed to assess whether statins are associated with a reduced risk of CIEDI...
January 17, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
J Masjuan, J Gállego, J M Aguilera, J F Arenillas, M Castellanos, F Díaz, J C Portilla, F Purroy
INTRODUCTION: There is little control of cardiovascular (CV) risk factors in secondary prevention after an ischaemic stroke, in part due to a lack of adherence to treatment. The CV polypill may contribute to proper treatment adherence, which is necessary for CV disease prevention. This study aimed to establish how and in what cases the CV polypill should be administered. METHODS: A group of 8 neurologists drafted consensus recommendations using structured brainstorming and based on their experience and a literature review...
January 8, 2018: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
Vanderlene Liu Kung, Ta-Chiang Liu, Changqing Ma
Collagenous enteritis is an uncommon small intestinal injury pattern with unclear pathogenesis. While it has been speculated that collagenous enteritis represents a form of refractory celiac disease, recent clinical studies suggest a potential link to exposure to the antihypertensive medication olmesartan. Here we hypothesized that the pathogenesis of collagenous enteritis involves both genetic and environmental factors. All subjects with biopsy-proven collagenous enteritis diagnosed between 2002 and 2015 were identified from 2 tertiary care medical centers...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
M Ruscica, C Macchi, C Pavanello, A Corsini, A Sahebkar, C R Sirtori
Statins, the most widely used drugs in the Western world, have become a pivotal component in the primary and secondary prevention of vascular diseases. Although benefits have been well documented in younger-than-75-year-old individuals, the value of statins in people aged >75years and over is controversial. The CTT meta-analysis calculated an absolute risk reduction of 0.6%/year per 38.7mg/dl reduction in LDL-C levels in patients aged >75years, that would translate into a number needed to treat of 167...
January 5, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Florian Rainer, Guenther Prenner, Lukas Peter Binder, Peter Fickert, Johannes Plank
CLINICAL PRESENTATION: An elderly female patient was admitted to intensive care for prolonged vasopressor therapy and mechanical ventilation after cardiac arrest and acute percutaneous coronary intervention. Antiplatelet, thyroid hormone replacement and statin therapies were administered through a 14-French nasogastric tube (Nestlé Health Science) and enteral feeding was initiated. Correct position of the nasogastric tube was confirmed radiologically. On the seventh day in the intensive care, our patient was seen to regurgitate soft crumbs into her mouth...
January 5, 2018: Gut
Martin Bødtker Mortensen, Erling Falk
The burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in high-income countries is mostly borne by the elderly. With increasing life expectancy, clear guidance on sensible use of statin therapy to prevent a first and potentially devastating ASCVD event is critically important to ensure a healthy aging population. Since 2013, 5 major North American and European guidelines on statin use in primary prevention of ASCVD have been released by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, U...
January 2, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Bao-Tao Huang, Fang-Yang Huang, Xiao-Bo Pu, Tian-Li Xia, Yong Peng, Fei Chen, Yong Yang, Yan-Biao Liao, Mao Chen
BACKGROUND: Statins therapy in the secondary prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD) is associated with a lower risk of adverse cardiovascular events. However, little is known regarding the association of elderly patients with nutritional risk on statin therapy. AIMS: To investigate whether older patients with CAD who were at nutritional risk gain similar survival benefit from statins therapy as their counterparts without nutritional risk. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective hospital-based cohort study among 1705 patients with CAD who were older than 65 years of age, using coronary heart disease database from 2008 to 2012...
December 19, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Elena V Vassilieva, Shelly Wang, Song Li, Mark R Prausnitz, Richard W Compans
Recent studies indicated that in elderly individuals, statin therapy is associated with a reduced response to influenza vaccination. The present study was designed to determine effects on the immune response to influenza vaccination induced by statin administration in a mouse model, and investigate potential approaches to improve the outcome of vaccination on the background of statin therapy. We fed middle aged BALB/c mice a high fat "western" diet (WD) alone or supplemented with atorvastatin (AT) for 14 weeks, and control mice were fed with the regular rodent diet...
December 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
David Renman, Erik Lundberg, Ulf Gunnarsson, Karin Strigård
BACKGROUND: Statins are the backbone of lipid-lowering therapy and are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the elderly population in Sweden today. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women, after prostate and breast cancer, respectively, with a median age of 72 years at diagnosis. Statins induce mitochondrial damage leading to accumulation of reactive oxygen species in the cell. Reactive oxygen species can cause mutations in mitochondrial as well as nuclear DNA leading to the development of cancer...
December 16, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Laura Llobet Vila, Josep Maria Manresa Domínguez, José Manuel Carmona Segado, Alícia Franzi Sisó, Rosa Vallès Balasch, Isabel Martínez Díaz
OBJECTIVES: 1-To know the preventive prescription (statin, antiplatelet drugs, bisphosphonates, calcium and vitamin D and Vit B12) of elderly patients previously identified as a CCD (with a complex chronic disease) and ACD (with advanced chronic disease and lifetime expectancy of less than 12 months) who died during 2015. 2-To assess the correct indication of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) to determine potentially avoidable medication. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study...
December 5, 2017: Atencion Primaria
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