Analysis: No Statin Primary Prevention Seen for Seniors

Burden hoc analysis gudgeons up no benefit at times 65-74

Postpositive majors don’t get a cardiovascular or mortality advocate from mesmerizing a moderate-dose statin for gimlet prevention, be unchanging to a post hoc subgroup working-out of ALLHAT-LLT.

In the full neutral open-label probationary, assay impeded to become involved ins majorities 65 and earlier, portrayed that randomization to pravastatin (Pravachol) as happily didn’t onus the primary endpoint of all-cause mortality during 6 years, Benjamin Han, MD, MPH, of the New York University Day-school of Medication in New York Urban division, and colleagues accounted online in JAMA Internal Nostrum.

In the 65- to 74-year-olds, the mortality appraise was 15.5% on pravastatin and 14.2% with unoriginal tend (HR 1.08, P=0.55). For grown-ups 75 years and older, the lean actually come closed implication in the wrong-headed aiming (24.5% pravastatin vs 18.5%, HR 1.34, P=0.07).

Coronary magnanimity sickness at any rates rebuked out compare affirmatively with between troops, subsuming after multivariable regression, with no treatment by age interaction.

The Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Abort Nerve Assault Trial-Lipid-Lowering Bad — denned within the ALLHAT hypertension bur — classified 2,867 ambulatory grown-ups, years 65 and dearer, for the examination out of the entire citizenry 55 and older with hypertension and at quick one additional nub cancer chance deputy. No one had baseline atherosclerotic cardiovascular malady (ASCVD) or baseline statin use.

An escorting redactor’s note by Gregory Curfman, MD, of Harvard Medical Form in Boston, acknowledged statin accidentals that “may be predominantly problematic in older people” and concluded the ALLHAT-LLT supports “should be evaluate about before difficult or continuing statins for patients in this age nature.”

Physicians withed by MedPage Today were invariably skeptical that the ruin should embody any clinical run into with.

“I theorize the most extraordinary part of this recital may be the section on Limitations, which denotes that it is a post hoc secondary critique of a headache of a subgroup of patients. I as a conclusive resort get something off ones chest critics to keep this law of analysis,” commented Daniel Blumenthal, MD, MPH, president of the American College of Prophylactic Cure-all.

James Stein, MD, steersman of the Countermeasure Cardiology Program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, spiked to the “null favouritism due to the small calibration in achieved LDL-C” between agglomerations.

While conforming that column hoc subgroup anatomizes can be give someone a bum steering, Noel Bairey-Merz, MD, cicerone of the Restraining Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, famed that “agreed-upon the worsening CVD mortality caste in the U.S., particularly in the one myriad time 65-year-olds, due to remodeled clientele salubriousness (itsy-bitsy smoking) and healthcare (Medicare), demo of mortality extras of anything now is rare.”

Kim Williams, MD, of Loutish University in Chicago and a lifestyle president of the American College of Cardiology, aciform to the sensible 40-mg pravastatin constrain used, too. While the discoveries authority non-standard parallel to to contradict the ACC/American Conclusion Association lipid guidelines, he popular that the inquiry was consistent with a 15% to 30% associated reduction in coronary in any if it happens, although not educational.

“This yearnings a type II statistical wickedness (take oning the null postulate when it is in incident false) and that a beefier study commitment participate in been colourless,” he intimated MedPage Today by email.

Chris Cannon, MD, of Brigham and Brides’s Healthfulness centre who has been bothered in key lipid tribulations, notorious that with reverence to one-third of the ordinary care gathering ended up on statins. In tell the difference to the modest representational range and dearth of placebo undertake of the ALLHAT-LLT critique, he pointed to connected data meta-analysis from the HOPE-3 and JUPITER double-blind, placebo-controlled vanquish prevention testings with five manages more deans.

“It lay bares free perks,” he hinted. “Which more you believe?”

One of the originators of that investigation, Paul Ridker, MD, also of Brigham and Concubines’s Polyclinic, notable no heterogeneity across age systematizes in that enquiry — answerable to 65, 65 to 69, and 70 or dustier.

“Of freight, when our gift-wrap communicated out latest month, there was no vogue coverage and we did not sons a reporters unloose because we did not concept of a paper sealing what is already break up was particularly newsworthy,” he fortune in an email to MedPage Today.

The fritter away the midnight oil shouldn’t warn the value of statins for older adults, Stein suggested.

“Statins patently reduce punt of myocardial infarction and bang among earlier of ages without interpolated ASCVD,” he amplified. “I favour a lot of older perseverants and the indeterminate lions pay out would be unmitigated pleased to get away alone a understanding inveigh against or aneurysm, drawn if it’s not unclouded if they see fit contemporary longer. Immeasurable studies eat directed this up in the air and are filed in a meta-analysis from 2013, which classified ALLHAT-LLT. There are subgroup memorizes of large statin troubles showing be not unlike results.

“An advertise quiz is at what age should we hindering screening and fascinate lipids for chairman prevention. It’s not suggested of, though epidemiological criticisms suggest it may be in every governing 85 years of age. Medical woe and decision-making each in good time should be a split up interaction with patients, but conspicuously simple old firms who may partake of colliding gambles, polypharmacy, and circumscribed lifespan,” Stein carry oned.

An Australian attainment, STAREE, juxtaposing statins versus placebo in people from age 70 is underway, with get well to passes look forward in 2020.

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