I’m trying to talk my mom into quitting her statin. I think it’s Crestor, but I need to double-check that.
She’s 84 and had a moderate heart attack in September 2020: two arteries partially occluded. The surgeon placed a stent in the LAD blockage, but said he couldn’t get one into the artery farther to the right since the vessel has a slgmoid bend at or immediately before the constriction.
Since then, she’s been on warfarin or something like that and aspirin for anti-clotting, and they started the statin since her LDL-C is slightly high. She doesn’t like the bruising from the anti-coagulant, but I am willing to follow her cardiologist on that.
The statin, on the other hand, I’m dubious of. We can’t say that her memory really went off a cliff then, but certainly it’s not great. (Hard to say since she moved 1000 miles only a few weeks before the infarct, and she was scatterbrained for about two years before that due to CONSTANT agonizing about whether or not to move.) And it can’t be doing her obvious sarcopenia any good, although she rarely complains of muscle pain.
So, the question is: do any good studies show any real benefit for elderly women after a heart attack? I know for men (middle-aged only?) after a heart event there seems to be some benefit of statin that is at least statistically not insanely small, but not so sure about very old women.
And I’m familiar with the studies that show higher LDL is associated with lower death rates in the olds!