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J Geriatr Cardiol. 2012 Jun;9(2):83-90. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1263.2011.12292.

Dyslipidemia: evidence of efficacy of the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment in the elderly.

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  • 1Geriatric Cardiology Section, Dante Pazzanese Institute of Cardiology,Avenida Dr Dante Pazzanese 500, Ibirapuera, São Paulo 04012-180, Brazil.


THE CLINICAL DECISION TO CONTROL RISK FACTORS FOR CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE (CVD) IN THE ELDERLY TAKES THE FOLLOWINGS INTO CONSIDERATION: (1) the elderly life expectancy; (2) the elderly biological age and functional capacity; (3) the role of cardiovascular disease in the elderly group; (4) the prevalence of risk factors in the elderly; and (5) The effectiveness of treatment of risk factors in the elderly. A large number of studies showed the efficacy of secondary and primary prevention of dyslipidemia in the elderly. However, the only trial that included patients over 80 years was the Heart Protection Study (HPS). Statins are considered the first line therapy for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). Because lifestyle changes are very difficult to achieve, doctors in general tend to prescribe many drugs to control cardiovascular risk factors. However, healthy food consumption remains a cornerstone in primary and secondary cardiovascular prevention and should be implemented by everyone.


Cardiovascular disease; Diet; Dyslipidemia; Elderly patient; Risk factors

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