Statins to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease: Preventive Medication in Adults Ages 40 to 75 Years at Moderate Risk
Description of Resource:
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) use a low- to moderate-dose statin for the prevention of CVD events and mortality when all of the following criteria are met: 1) they are ages 40 to 75 years; 2) they have one or more CVD risk factors (dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension, or smoking); and 3) they have a calculated 10-year risk of a cardiovascular event of 10% or greater. Identification of dyslipidemia and calculation of 10-year CVD event risk requires universal lipids screening in adults ages 40 to 75 years. This is a B recommendation, which means the USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.