Statins and vaccines for the elderly.
My husband feels that stopping statins for the elderly who have no risk factors for cardiovascular disease is a way of increasing the earlier demise of this population. He is an MD and feels there is insufficient evidence to support this advice. he also feels that the pneumonia vaccine should be continued for those over 65 for these reasons.
During a recent hospital stay I was offered and accepted a pneumonia booster as it had been about ten years since my last one. My cardiologist recently stopped my statin because my cholesterol levels are now normal and he felt the side effects can outweigh the benefits as we age. I was in total agreement with this decision and my levels will continue to be monitored at least annually. I am now 75 and have A fib from rheumatic heart disease.
I was wondering what others felt about these actions for their loved ones or themselves as I know many caregivers are also not so young.
I know it is important to be very vigilant about the care of the elderly in general as they often get less than adequate attention and need an advocate. I am still alert enough and have sufficient knowledge to question everything that is recommended for me.
My husband is very paranoid about his care in general and feels that the elderly come out poorly in the health care equation. He is very vocal and appears to be at least 15 years younger than his chronological age and has antagonized several Drs over the years to the extent they have discouraged him from using their services