Heart disease is the number one cause of millions of deaths worldwide. According to the statistics, the number of patients of heart-related problems will double by the year 2050. Health professionals are increasingly worried about the rate of their prevalence.
Even though medical science has successfully controlled many health problems, heart diseases still remain a big issue. Therefore, there is also a big increase in research regarding this area of health.
The explanation behind the increase in heart problems is complicated. Apparently, there are not one or two but a whole variety of factors that may lead to the development of heart issues.
Previous research shows that the risk of heart disease can be elevated by factors ranging from diet and genetics to lifestyle habits. Generally, health experts constantly focus on how prevention is always better than treatment.
Even though heart diseases can be treated, the journey may be painful and may take years. Conditions related to the heart can become more intense and greatly affect lifestyle quality. Therefore, knowing about preventing such a situation is important especially in older age groups.
Older adults generally have a higher risk of developing heart disease. This is why many studies take participants who belong to such age groups. For instance, a new study looks at how medicines can affect the risk of heart issues in older adults.
More specifically, the research highlights how taking statins can have an impact on heart disease. The findings of this study appear in the European Heart Journal.
What Was the Research Method?
The diagnosis of every health condition before its development or the early stages can have a huge impact on the treatment. Overall, getting to know about the potential risk can help the doctors cut it down on time.
In the case of heart-related conditions, there is no difference. Therefore, knowing about the potential risk factors is very important. The new study also looks at a class of drugs which may raise the risk of heart issues.
Statins are medication taken for keeping cholesterol levels in control in people. In the older age groups, taking such medicines is common. This can be blamed on the rise of poor diets and the increasingly hard to manage cholesterol levels.
Not only is cholesterol bad for general health but is also one of the main factors that are responsible for heart disease. So, statins control cholesterol levels in people as well as decrease the risk of problems of the heart.
The previous research does not have enough evidence to prove the effectiveness of these drugs in older adults. So, the new study fills the gap.
For the purpose of this study, the researchers used data from around 120,173 adults under the age of seventy-five. These participants had no history of heart-related conditions and were on statins before the study.
The observation period of the study was around four years long. During this time, there was also a follow-up after 2 years.
What Was the Result?
In the study’s time, the researchers noted that around 14.3 percent of the participants did not take statins for months. In these participants, 4.5 percent had to go to the hospital because of heart conditions.
Conclusively, the researchers saw that there was a 46 percent higher risk of heart disease in people who did not take statins. They also had a 26 percent higher risk of having a cardiovascular event such as a stroke. Around 33 percent were likely to end up in a hospital.
The researchers state that the matter needs more investigation. For the time being, older adults on statins should not stop taking them without their doctor’s approval.