Should we identify and treat hyperlipidemia in the advanced elderly?
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No randomized controlled trials exist that identify and treat hyperlipidemia for advanced elderly patients (age >80 years). Expert and consensus guidelines state that hyperlipidemia found in any patient with coronary artery disease (CAD), or at risk of CAD, should be treated irrespective of age; however, evidence is limited to support lowering lipids for advanced elderly patients with and without known CAD (strength of recommendation: C, based on expert and consensus guidelines).
Journal of Family Practice, 55(4) 2006: 356-357.