P Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation, said: "Age itself, especially if it is 75 years and older, carries an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
] "This risk can be increased by factors such as high cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension, even in people who are otherwise seemingly healthy.
"The benefits of statins in the elderly are worrying.
"Although observing, this study adds an increasing body of evidence showing that statins reduce heart attacks and strokes in the elderly, as they do in younger people, and are safe.
"Age should not be a barrier to prescribing these potentially life-saving drugs to those who are likely to benefit. "
About 7.4 million people in the UK suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, killing more than 1
According to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, statins should be prescribed if physicians believe there is a 10% or greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease within a decade.
The cholesterol level and the age of the patient are used to calculate the risk.
However, the criteria were criticized for their blanket approach.
The new study was conducted in France, where the prescribing criteria are similar to those of the United Kingdom, found that there would be 2.5 additional cardiovascular events per 100 people within four years if the statins were over the age of 75 years compared with those who did not.
Previous international studies have shown that the non-adherence rate for statins is 40 percent among people over 65.
Dr. Philippe Giral, who led the new research at the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, said: "Patients we would say if you are. If you regularly take statins for high cholesterol, we recommend that you do not stop treatment when you are 75 Are years old.