About this resource:

Systematic Review

Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Last Reviewed: November 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that some adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) use a low- or moderate-dose statin to prevent CVD events and death. Specifically, the recommendation applies to people who:

  • Are ages 40 to 75 years
  • Have 1 or more CVD risk factors
  • Are at high risk for a CVD event

USPSTF found insufficient evidence to assess whether the benefits of starting statins outweigh the harms in people age 76 years or older without a history of CVD.

Read more about this resource

Objectives related to this resource (2)

Suggested Citation

1.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2016). Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication. Retrieved from https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/statin-use-in-adults-preventive-medication