AGS Epidemiology Best Paper Award

May 22, 2018

Andrew ZulloAndrew ZulloAssistant Professor Andrew Zullow's research won the Epidemiology Best Paper Award at the 2018 American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. Many studies have examined the effects of statins after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), but nearly all excluded frail older nursing home (NH) residents and few examined functional outcomes. The effect of statins on muscle pain, muscle fatigue, weakness, and functional decline is controversial and remains unclear. NH residents may benefit less from statins and be particularly susceptible to adverse drug events like muscle symptoms. We found that users of statins after AMI lived 16 days longer than nonusers over a 1 year follow-up period. NH residents who used statins had no difference in functional decline or rehospitalization. If NH resident's goal is longevity post-AMI, statins indicated.