February 17th, 2011
Quarter of U.S. Adults 45 and Older Taking Statins
One-quarter of U.S. adults age 45 and older are taking statins, and one-half of men ages 65 to 74 are taking these drugs, according to the CDC’s annual report on trends in health statistics. From 1988 to 1994, only 2% of adults age 45 and older were taking statins. High cholesterol levels have been declining, according to the CDC, but hypertension, diabetes, and obesity have all increased. The overall prevalence of heart disease has remained stable in all groups except for an increased rate in men age 75 and older.
An article in Medpage Today includes comments from Christopher Cannon, James Stein, Robert Califf, and Harlan Krumholz.