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November 2021 Br J Cardiol 2021;28:144–7 doi:10.5837/bjc.2021.049

Statin prescription and CV risk assessment in adult psychiatric outpatients with intellectual disability

Jamie Sin Ying Ho, George Collins, Vikram Rohra, Laura Korb, Bhathika Perera

Abstract

Introduction Compared with the general population, life-expectancy for people with intellectual disability (ID) is 13 years lower in men and 20 years lower in women.1 Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of mortality in ID patients, accounting for 21% of all adult deaths.2 The Dutch Healthy Ageing and Intellectual Disability (HA-ID) study found similar levels of CVD risk in ID patients over 50 years as age-matched controls.3 However, CVDs are significantly underdiagnosed and undermanaged in people with ID. In one study, only 15% of patients with ID who died from CVD had a documented CVD risk assessment.1,2 Assessment of CVD ri

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