Journal Article

Healthy ageing: addressing acute coronary syndrome?

A. Gaw

in European Heart Journal Supplements

Published on behalf of European Society of Cardiology

Volume 3, issue suppl_N, pages N11-N15
Published in print November 2001 | ISSN: 1520-765X
Published online November 2001 | e-ISSN: 1554-2815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1520-765X(01)90132-4
Healthy ageing: addressing acute coronary syndrome?

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Acute coronary syndromes contribute significantly to the patterns of morbidity and mortality in the elderly. A meta-analysis of the pathology of acute myocardial infarction has shown that 80–90% of episodes result from the rupture of small, unstable lesions that cause <70% diameter stenosis. Statins have been shown to stabilize the architecture of atherosclerotic plaques in humans and in animals. Statin treatment has also been shown to restore endothelial function, inhibit platelet thrombus formation and exert an anti-inflammatory effect. Collectively, these data support the use of statin therapy in those at risk for acute coronary syndromes, of whom the elderly are foremost.

Keywords: acute coronary syndromes; atherosclerosis; 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors (statins); pleiotropic effects; pravastatin

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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