Statins should be offered to an extra two and a half million patients with chronic kidney disease, according to the health watchdog.
The guidelines mean some 20 million adults in England – almost half the population – are now eligible to take the cholesterol lowering pills.
Patients with chronic kidney disease are at a much higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke as the condition leads to the accumulation of fatty deposits in arteries.
Approximately 2.6 million adults in England have chronic kidney disease and it is more common in the elderly and amongst black and Asian ethnic groups.
The condition leads to 60,000 deaths a year and many are due to heart disease which includes heart attacks and strokes.
The health watchdog NICE is recommending that GPs offer statins to all adults with kidney disease on the basis that they are safe and clinically effective.’
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