A previous version seemed to recommend statins for everyone over a certain age. I decided to plug in the optimal values, conveniently stated in a footnote beneath the data entry fields, for a 65-year-old man. Here is what the data entry looks like.
As you can see below, the risk calculator recommends "moderate to high-intensity statin therapy."
Below the recommendation, it says, "Adults 40 to 75 years of age with LDL-C 70 to 189 mg/dL with no diabetes and estimated 10-year ASCVD risk ≥7.5% should be treated with moderate to high-intensity statin therapy." This is a apparently high-level (A1) evidence-based recommendation.
What am I not understanding here?
I would very much appreciate it if some cardiologists would comment and explain to me how such a sweeping recommendation came to be.
Is this accepted as gospel? Do all cardiologists recommend statins in the above situation?