An analysis of data from eight studies involving almost 25,000 people found that statins may help patients older than 65 who are not ill but who are at risk of heart disease. Statin use was associated with a nearly 29% lower risk of heart attack and nearly 24% lower risk of stroke compared with placebo. Statin therapy, however, did not have an effect on all-cause mortality. The findings appear in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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